The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to practice in this area of nursing specialisation. You will explore the mental health nursing role and its historical underpinnings, and apply knowledge of the principles and theoretical concepts that underpin this unique nursing discipline. You will have the opportunity to develop the ability to undertake mental state assessments, diagnostic formulations and risk assessments, and to critically evaluate your application of these skills to the clinical setting. While acquiring knowledge of psychotropic medication, you will explore ethical issues associated with drug use in this particular group of consumers. You will apply the concept of Recovery as a foundation from which to establish mental health nursing actions, and construct meaningful relationships with consumers.
This course is offered flexibly allowing you to enrol, study and undertake assessments at times that suit you. Our Graduate Certificate is not bound by term dates or submission deadlines. You will have up to 2 years to complete the course. Please note, if you are undertaking the Graduate Certificate as part of a graduate program with an Industry partner, you will be required to adhere to enrolment and assessment dates as determined by your graduate program.
On completion of this award, students will be able to seek employment as a nurse in a mental health setting.
|Duration||1 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||24|
|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)||GradCertMHN|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Certificate|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Students must hold current registration as a Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA).
Education for registration as a nurse with Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA).
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review,analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|Number of units: 4||Total credit points: 24|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20150||Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice|
|NURS20151||Creating Meaningful Relationships|
|NURS20157||Mental Health Nursing Assessment and Formulation|
|NURS20158||Clinical Foundations for Practice|