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NURS20159 - Mental Health Nursing in Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate clinical competency (knowledge, attitudes and skills) of a mental health nurse. You will be expected to function within the scope of practice of a registered nurse in accordance with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses standards of professional practice during your clinical placement in a mental health context. The clinical practicum will involve you having experiences in a range of mental health settings. You will be expected to apply the acquired knowledge and skills learnt throughout the course in the provision of quality holistic consumer focused care and interventions. In some circumstances, the clinical placement in this unit may incur a cost . Please contact the School prior to enrolling to ascertain whether a cost is likely to be incurred.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2018

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. Practical Assessment 100%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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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: Verbal feedback from student
There were useful materials on the Moodle site that supported the work integrated learning placement in mental health.
Continue to maintain learning resources on Moodle and direct students to these at critical junctures during the work-integrated learning placement.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Reflect on professional roles and responsibilities of the mental health nurse.
  2. Function within the scope of practice of a mental health nurse according to the ACMHN standards.
  3. Articulate the values of the profession in practice.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical Assessment