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HNN222 - Mental Health Nursing

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD, Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Cohort rule:(Normally students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing or an associated combined degree to enrol in this unit)
Unit chair:

N Sands

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): L Chadwick, Waterfront (Geelong): E Marangu, Warrnambool: A Morrison


HBS109, HNN114, HNN122

Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour class or equivalent cloud presentation/s, 2 x 2 hour seminars per week


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit is one of three within the Clinical Studies in Nursing 2 cluster and aims to guide students in their development of knowledge that informs problem-solving and skill development when working with patients who present with issues affecting their mental health. A major focus will be on management of symptoms, the impact of symptoms on patient function, and risk management of the person diagnosed with mental health problems. In particular, students will develop skills in assessment of patients with mental health problems such as basic interviewing and risk assessment. These concepts will be explored within the context of the therapeutic relationship whilst maintaining patient safety. Students will have opportunity to apply and integrate knowledge and skills learned in this unit and previous units during a four (4) week clinical placement.


Group presentation and individual essay (equivalent to 3000 words) 50%, examination (2 hours) (equivalent to 2000 words) 50%, clinical assessment (equivalent 3000 words) pass/fail

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Act

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

* Department of Human Services 2007, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 1 July 2007.

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

Prescribed texts

Elder R, Evans, K & Nizette D. 2013. Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 3rd Edition. Elsevier, Sydney.


Evans J & Brown P. 2012. Videbeck’s Mental Health Nursing. Wolters Kluwer.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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