NURS20157 - Mental Health Nursing Assessment and Formulation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides specialised knowledge and skills for safe and effective mental health nursing care within a strengths based framework. You will examine psychiatric classification systems, and undertake comprehensive mental state examinations and risk formulation. You will demonstrate good judgement and adaptablity in the physical and psychosocial care of persons experiencing different forms of distress.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 60%
3. Portfolio 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 31.25% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student emails and student feedback survey
Feedback
Students felt the learning from the unit was relevant and useful, feeling that they could apply the learning to the workplace.
Recommendation
Continue to promote contemporary learning resources, relevant to the mental health workplace.
Action Taken
During HT2 2018, learning resources were updated to align with the learning outcomes of the unit and to meet industry expectations. These resources included library links to specific sections of the DSM-5, DSM-5 clinical text and other textbooks and publications to provide an evidence base that aligned with the learning outcomes of this unit.
Source: Student emails
Feedback
Some students found difficulty navigating the you tube presentations
Recommendation
Explore alternative opportunities which will improve student's ability to tape assessment information and forward more easily, such as through Facebook Messenger.
Action Taken
The assessments in HT2 2018 replaced the presentations with a clinical report and essay style of assessment
Source: Student emails and student feedback survey
Feedback
Students responded that the feedback time for assessments was good and that the information from the assessments was useful.
Recommendation
Continue to provide efficient and responsive feedback to assessment submissions.
Action Taken
Student feedback and turnaround time strategies were sustained from previous offerings
Source: self reflection
Feedback
(i) Self evaluation: the unit overall ran quite smoothly, the library links and navigation for students was well designed and the introduction of the assessment template for the first assessment allowed for a practical form of assessment that was well received from students.
Recommendation
Consider the ongoing use of the assessment template for the unit as it aids in aligning clinical practice activities to the assessment task
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: course meetings
Feedback
(ii) Staff feedback Changes to unit design from a 6 module to 12 week structure on the Moodle page currently under discussion with MH post grad team.
Recommendation
For the future roll-out of this unit, the unit content could be spread out to a 12 week format rather than the existing 6 module approach
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student survey
Feedback
(iii) Student feedback Positive feedback related to engagement and the template for Assessment 1 Strategies needed to improve Moodle navigation and to make the content more challenging
Recommendation
Balance the level of interface between clinical activities in the workplace and the assessment requirements / unit content to address the range of experience, learning needs and standards set by AQF and ACMHN for building the mental health workforce.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Member of Mental Health Advisory Committee
Feedback
(iv) Broader feedback
Recommendation
A phone call occurred with a member of the MHAC, linked to the ACMHN that is currently in a senior director position with QLD Health. The member provided accolades for the level of clinical content provided in this unit for application to the workplace, and provided further positive feedback regarding the level of satisfaction that one of his staff that is currently enroled in this unit noted to him during a line supervision meeting. This feedback from a key stakeholder should be taken into consideration for further roll-out of this unit and the content currently being offered.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Examine mental health nursing from a strengths perspective
  2. Undertake a comprehensive mental state examination within a therapeutic relationship
  3. Construct nursing interventions to assist in physical and psychosocial care of persons experiencing distress
  4. Identify aspects of consumer and nurse safety and determine ways of reducing risk
  5. Examine the major diagnostic classifications of mental disorders and their relationship to mental health nursing practice.

Not currently accredited 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio