MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
2013/2014, Semester 1
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (Nursing/Alice Lee Ctr for Nursing Stud)
Modular Credits: 4
Upon completion of the module, students will be able to integrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes as a member of the multidisciplinary team to:
Provide holistic nursing and patient management for patients with altered mental health status;
Demonstrate an understanding of the nurse's role in the nursing care of a patient with altered mental health status;
Identify and discuss legal and ethical nursing issues when caring for clients with altered mental health status;
Identify and discuss community resources available for the treatment, support, and management of mentally ill clients and their families;
Demonstrate an understanding of related pathophysiology and relevant diagnostic tests for people suffering a mental illness;
Demonstrate beginning skills in mental state examination; and
Apply nursing interventions that include assessment, medication administration and psychosocial and psychological treatment modalities relevant to contemporary mental health nursing practice.
NUR1116 Psychology for Health Professionals
Clinical skills laboratories
The above methods of instruction are combined with clinical practicum to facilitate mental health knowledge and skills.
This module focuses on developing students’ knowledge and skills in the nursing care of patients with mental illnesses in institutional and community settings.
The module emphasises assessment, early intervention, health promotion and prevention and the identification of at risk behaviours.
Evolution of mental health as a discipline
Role emergence in nursing
2. Preparing for mental health nursing
Legal issues including Mental Health Act and Mental Health Code of Practice
3. Mental health and wellness
Defining mental health
Dimensions of mental illness
Physical and psychological responses to stress
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV-TR (revised ed) and International Classification of Diseases (ICD)
4. Biological implications
Neurophysiological influences - the nervous system, the neuroendocrine system
Diagnostic procedures - EEG, CT, MRI, PET, laboratory tests
5. Treatment modalities
Major classifications - antipsychotics, anxiolytics, antidepressants, mood stabiliser, anticholinergics
Indications for use/target symptoms
Side effects - normal and undesirable side effects/recognising the differences/nursing actions
Applying principles of psychopharmacology to patients with mental health problems
Family interventions including family education, support, conflict resolution and stress management
6. Crisis intervention
Planning and implementation
Settings and modalities for crisis intervention programmes
7. Prevention and promotion
Models of primary prevention in mental health
8. Assessment in mental illness
Mental State Examination (MSE)
Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF)
9. Aetiology, clinical manifestations and nursing care of patients with:
substance related disorders
somatoform or dissociative disorders
cognitive disorders with a focus on ageing
10. Special populations
Infant, child and adolescents
Patients exhibiting aggression and violence
Victim of abuse and violence
Patients with chronic illnesses who exhibit psychological symptoms
Interventions and nursing care
(ii) Skills assessment (OSCE)
(iii) Written assignment (e.g. case study report)
Total for CA:
Total for Final Examinations:
Tutorial attendance is compulsory. A two percent (2%) deduction from the student’s overall mark for the module will occur for each tutorial not attended.
This will be negated if the student provides proper documentary evidence to the module coordinator within three (3) days from the tutorial absence.
On-Campus Clinical Laboratory Assessment
All on-campus assessment conducted in the clinical laboratory is compulsory and will be assessed at PASS/FAIL only. A PASS must be achieved before students
can attend the Clinical Practicum placement forthe associated Clinical Practicum module. Specific criteria which must be met to obtain a PASS will be provided for students.
Only TWO (2) attempts may be allowed to achieve a PASS grade at the discretion of the module coordinator. Students who are offered a second attempt will be required to submit,
on the form provided by the module coordinator, written evidence of practice on at least five occasions before the second attempt can be scheduled.
These sessions must be signed by the laboratory coordinator following the practice session.
Late essays and other assessment submission will automatically incur a penalty of ten percent (10%) per day of the maximum mark of the assessment item.
No late essays will be accepted more than three (3) days after the due date. Students are required to submit all components of module assessment,
regardless of whether a piece of assessment is late, to be eligible for a final grade for the module.
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