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Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing - 161JA

Course Code: 161JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Disciplines of Nursing & Midwifery
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Introduction

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is an innovative course that enables Registered Nurses to develop the core knowledge and skills required to work with individuals and families who are affected by symptoms of mental illness. The Course encourages examination of the major social, legal, ethical, policy, and practice issues facing mental health nurses. This includes a strong focus on the principles of Recovery in the provision of mental health care, and the practical integration of theory and research into person-centred approaches to consumers, carers, and other community stakeholders. Another important focus is the development of qualities that enable commitment to on-going practice and professional development, and personal growth.

The Course is delivered using flexible teaching delivery options. Students are encouraged to work closely with Course Convener to develop a course structure that works best for them. There is an emphasis on providing support, reciprocal communication between the student and Course / Unit Convener, and the achievement of individual learning objectives.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Email student.centre@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Students
Please email study@canberra.edu.au or telephone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must provide evidence that they are registered or eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse in Australia, and employed in a mental health related setting. In addition, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
1. Hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree, a degree in a related field, or an award deemed equivalent; or
2. Submit other evidence of general and professional nursing qualifications that satisfy the Academic Board of the University that the applicant possesses the educational preparation and capacity to pursue graduate studies.

Additional Admission Requirements

None.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

This course is closed from Semester 2, 2014. Please contact the Faculty via the enquiry details below for further information.

Professional Accreditation

A Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is the minimum academic requirement for credentialing with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) as a Mental Health Nurse (MHN).The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing only partially fulfils this criteria.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. Analyse the major factors influencing and informing the social, legal, ethical, economic and policy context of mental health service provision The analysis undertaken as part of this Learning Outcome will by undertaken in tutorials and also in the written assessments, thereby enabling students to:

1. Communication
Effectively express their knowledge, ideas and opinions regarding the major factors influencing and information the social, legal, ethical, economic and policy context of mental health service provision;
actively listen and respond to other students and also the tutors when discussing these factors.

5. Working With Others
work with other students as part of the group, thereby developing awareness of the roles and responsibilities of group members;
take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks - i.e. at tutorials, in relation to assessment tasks - as directed;
respect the rights of others in the group, including Indigenous and other cultural groups.

7. Professional Ethics
identify and discuss factors related to the social, legal, ethical, economic and policy context of mental health service provision;

8. Social Responsibility
understand economic, political, social, and environmental systems related to the delivery of mental health services, including the international perspective.
2. Discuss the changing roles, contexts, and professional profiles of the mental health nurse in contemporary society; Through discussing the changing roles, contexts and professional profiles of the mental health nurse in contemporary society, in both the tutorials and also written assessment, students will be given the opportunity to:
1. Communication
reflect upon the work of self and others, and develop knowledge of the changing roles, contexts and professional profiles of mental health nursing in contemporary society in a culturally proficient way;

4. Problem Solving
identify problems and analyse the main features of roles, contexts and professional profiles in mental health nursing;
apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking to the issues identified;
implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of these issues.

6. Effective Workplace Skills
demonstrate the ability to incorporate their ideas, implement decisions through written work;

8. Social Responsibility
consider changing mental health roles in the context of society;

10. Personal Attributes
have confidence to challenge existing ideas through discussion of changing contemporary roles and contexts;
value and respect differing views through discussion with peers, and in so doing develop self-confidence.
3. Examine the evidence base for contemporary Recovery-focused, person-centred treatment modalities, including those related to assessment and planning, intervention and evaluation; To develop and apply the knowledge necessary to provide contemporary person-centred treatment, students will be given the opportunity to:
1. Communication
express knowledge and use of an extensive range of evidence in relation to the mental health nursing context to facilitate and promote person-centred care, through tutorials and written assessments;

4. Problem Solving
demonstrate discernment of information and communication technology through interactions with other students, and written assessments;
demonstrate an ability to consider and respond to applied questions in a mental health nursing context, and contribute to the work of related health professionals;

5. Working With Others
demonstrate an ability to contribute to the work with other students, as required, and also other members of the multidisciplinary team.

7. Professional Ethics
demonstrate active promotion of mental health nursing in a range of settings to provide direction for the principles and ethics of the profession, evidenced in written assessments.

9. Lifelong Learning
possess self-knowledge and the ability for reflective practice; evidenced in written assessments.
4. Demonstrate proficient practice skills in the mental health nursing context. In demonstrating their proficient practice skills in the mental health nursing context, students will be required to show the following:
5. Working With Others
be aware of the different roles and responsibilities of the mental health nurse, and other members of the multidisciplinary team in relation to practice skills;
demonstrate ability to respect the rights of mental health consumers, irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender.

6. Effective Workplace Skills
demonstrate advanced clinical skills including creativity, initiative, adaptability, leadership, resourcefulness;

7. Professional Ethics
Practice to a high standard ethically;

9. Lifelong Learning
self-knowledge and the ability to assess their own performance critically and accurately, demonstrated through application of knowledge and abilities to various clinical contexts;

10. Personal Attributes
commitment to ongoing self-development, demonstrated through successful completion of course.

Course Duration

Two semesters part-time or equivalent. Maximum four semesters

Honours

None.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing is subsumable into the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing and the Master of Mental Health Nursing.

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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