HNN761 - Biopsychosocialspiritual Mental Health Nursing Assessment


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H568, H569, H575, H579, H645, H665, H666, H667, H668, H669, H672, H675, H679, H771, H777, H779


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 4 x 1 hour online seminars


Comprehensive nursing assessment comprises a fundamental role of a mental health nurse. Comprehensive mental health assessment should take a holistic perspective that recognises the biological, psychological, social and spiritual components of an individual’s life, and how these concepts can both positively and negatively influence their mental health. This unit is designed to advance students mental health nursing assessment skills to prioritise delivery of complex care in the mental healthcare environment as a nurse. In this unit students will comprehensively explore mental state assessment, including risk and suicide assessment. The mental state assessment is a complex and comprehensive process that involves an understanding of behaviour that suggest underlying mental health challenges. In order to assess mental state, students must also have an understanding of risk and protective factors that can both preserve and hinder mental health. Suicide remains a significant risk for people living with mental illness, and understanding and assessing risk is a high priority for mental health nurses. This unit will comprehensively explore risk assessment including suicide and risk vulnerabilities and the nurse’s appropriate response to an increased risk. Underpinning legal and ethical principles in addition to Indigenous persons perspectives will also be examined in detail.

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