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Master of Mental Health Nursing - 162JA

Course Code: 162JA
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 Master of Mental Health Nursing is an innovative course that enables Registered Nurses to attain the advanced knowledge and skills required to support a leadership role when working with people who are affected by the symptoms of mental illness. The course encourages critical 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 strong and transformational leadership, commitment to on-going advanced practice and high-level 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

Prospective Students
E study@canberra.edu.au P 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226) W www.canberra.edu.au/future-students
Current and Commencing Students
Faculty of Health or Course Convener E student.centre@canberra.edu.au

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

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to complete postgraduate study at a Masters level - for example, a Credit average in previous tertiary study.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Mental Health Nursing M MentalHealthNurs

Alternate Exit Awards

Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

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 to new admissions. Please refer to course 261JA Master of Nursing 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 Master of Mental Health Nursing, which is a higher qualification, would also qualify the RN for ACMHN credentialing.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. Critically analyse the major factors influencing and informing the social, legal, ethical, economic and policy context of mental health service provision; The critical analysis undertaken as part of this Learning Outcome will be 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 informing the social, legal, ethical, economic and policy context of mental health service provision;
- Actively listen and respond to other students and the tutors when discussing these factors.

2. & 3. Information Literacy and Numeracy, and Communication Technology
- Identify, utilise and present an extensive range of evidence in relation to mental health service provision to facilitate and promote person-centred care.

4. Problem Solving
- Identify issues related to the major factors influencing and informing the social, legal, ethical, economic and policy context of mental health service provision, and analyse the main features;
- Apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking related to the major factors influencing and informing the social, legal, ethical, economic and policy context of mental health service provision.

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.

9. Lifelong Learning
- Be independent self-directed learners with the capacity and motivation for lifelong learning, developing knowledge over the duration of the course, and meeting associated deadlines;
- Develop self-knowledge and the ability to assess their own performance critically and accurately through participating in groups and ongoing written assessments.

10. Personal Attributes
- Show commitment to ongoing self-development by completing the course successfully;
- Value and respect differing views through active participation in discussions at tutorials;
- As such, grown in self-confidence and knowledge.
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 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 and implement decisions through written work.

7. Professional Ethics
- Consider their ethics and integrity in the context of the mental health nursing roles, contexts, and professional profiles, including their obligations to society;
- Appreciate the social and cultural context of the mental health nursing profession.

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. Develop and apply knowledge necessary to provide effective clinical leadership, including clinical supervision, mentoring, education, policy development, reflective practice, and on-going professional and practice development; To develop and apply the knowledge necessary to provide effective clinical leadership, 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 work with other students, as required, and also other members of the multidisciplinary team.

6.Effective Workplace Skills
- Demonstrate leadership in clinical skills, providing education, policy directive, clinical supervision and on-going professional and practice development;
- Work as part of the multidisciplinary team, consumers, carers, and other stakeholders.

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.

8. Social Responsibility
- Demonstrate commitment towards working to improve the conditions of mental health consumers and their families, evidenced in written assessments;
- Demonstrate commitment to service to mental health consumers, their families, and the community as the primary purpose for professional life, evidenced in written assessments.

9. Lifelong Learning
- Possess self-knowledge and the ability for reflective practice, evidenced in written assessments.
4. Critically examine the evidence base for contemporary Recovery-focussed, person-centred treatment modalities, including those related to the assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation undertaken in various mental health specialties; In critically examining the evidence base for contemporary person-centred treatment modalities, including those related to assessment and planning, intervention and evaluation, and relevant mental health specialties, in tutorials and through written assessments, students will be enabled to:

1. Communication
- Confidently express a range of positions on topics related to contemporary person-centred treatment modalities.

2. Information Literacy and Numeracy
- Successfully locate, identify, collate, analyse, manipulate, evaluate, interpret and present information and numerical data, demonstrated through assessments.

3. Information and Communication Technology
- Successfully select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present information, demonstrated through assessments.

5. Working With Others
- Demonstrate confidence and leadership in providing evidence-based contemporary person-centred treatment modalities with a wide range of people, and at the same time appreciating the possibility of diversity.

6. Effective Workplace Skills
- Develop effective workplace skills in relation to the provision of evidence-based contemporary person-centred treatment modalities, evidenced through the assessments.

8. Social Responsibility
- Demonstrate commitment to the ongoing improvement of the provision of care and treatment to consumers with a mental health problem and their families, and in so doing, improve societal systems.

10. Personal Attributes
- Have the confidence to challenge existing ideas, specifically in relation to the use of evidence-based contemporary person-centred treatment modalities.
5. Demonstrate advanced practice skills in the mental health nursing context, with ability to adapt to specialty contexts when required. In demonstrating their advanced practice skills in the mental health nursing context, with ability to adapt to mental health nursing specialty when required, students will be required to show the following:

4. Problem Solving
- Apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking, demonstrated through the assessments.

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

Standard: 3 semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum: 8 semesters.

Honours

None.

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

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing are subsumable into this course.

Offerings

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

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