Mental health is a significant health issue and recognised as a national health priority area by the Australian Government. The provision of safe, person-centred, recovery-oriented mental health care is a major underpinning of this course. This course prepares you to be able to practice and research within the specialist field of mental health nursing. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work from an evidence-based position to support consumers to meet their recovery goals, work with groups and communities to implement mental health promotion strategies, explore diverse ways of forming relationships with consumers and families and critically explore the discourses of mental health. Particular attention will be given to exploring a range of therapeutic interventions which you can utilise to enhance your practice. The use of a portfolio will allow you to apply your learning to your own clinical practice. You will also learn research skills and have an opportunity to research an area of mental health nursing practice. In order to meet the learning outcomes of this course, it is required that you will be working in an area where mental health nursing skills are employed.
Most of this course is offered flexibly allowing you to enrol, study and undertake assessments at times that suit you. This means that, except for the final four units, the Masters is not bound by terms, dates, or submission deadlines.
The Master of Mental Health Nursing provides Registered Nurses with a mental health nursing specific high level post-graduate qualification. This qualification has the potential to create many exciting and rewarding opportunities for graduates including increased financial remuneration from some employers. Graduates will attain competency and confidence to be able to undertake the many nurse mental health nursing leadership positions available within the health care industry; Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Consultant and Nurse Unit Manager roles. This qualification will also provide registered nurses with the competitive edge in order to apply for promotion.The research component of the course will allow graduates to move into research roles and even lead applied clinical research.
|Duration||1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||72|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||MMHN|
|AQF Level||Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Students must hold current registration as a Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). Students must be currently employed in a setting which requires the use of mental health nursing skills.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL56 - Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing CC69 - Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing|
Provisional Accreditation with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice|
|2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice|
|5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level|
|6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences|
|7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability|
|10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.|
|Number of units: 12||Total credit points: 72|
|Students must complete 1 from the following units:|
|NURS20178||Alcohol and Other Drugs|
|NURS20154||The Transformative Power of Story|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20150||Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice|
|NURS20157||Mental Health Nursing Assessment and Formulation|
|NURS20151||Creating Meaningful Relationships|
|NURS20158||Clinical Foundations for Practice|
|NURS20153||Recovery Into Action|
|NURS20180||Mental Health Promotion|
|NURS20179||Advanced Mental Health Nursing Skills|
|NURS20167||Literature Review in Nursing|
|NURS20168||Designing Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences|
|NURS20173||Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 1|
|NURS20174||Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences Project 2|
The CL24 Master of Mental Health Nursing course has three levels. It is advisable to complete all units in the lower level before moving onto units in the next level.
Level 1 units are: NURS20150, NURS20151, NURS20158, and NURS20157
Level 2 units are: NURS20152, NURS20153, NURS20149 and NURS20154 OR NURS20178
Level 3 units are: NURS20167, NURS20168, NURS20173 and NURS20174
A recommended study schedule for this course can be obtained from the following website - https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/planners-and-profiles/first-year-planners or by contacting your Course Advisor at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/.