HNN790 - Sustaining the Mental Health Nursing Workforce


2024 unit information

Offering information:

Not offered in 2024 - first offered Trimester 1 2026

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 2026: Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H568, H569, H575, 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 delivered, including 4 x 1-hour online seminars.


In order to support consumers living with mental health challenges, nurses must be resilient and able to thrive in spite of the demands and stress of working in this challenging environment. Currently there is a shortage of mental health nurses, and this is exacerbated by the high stress environment and an ageing workforce. This unit is designed to enhance and support students’ nursing practice by providing them with practical resources and skills to manage the dynamic and challenging experiences of working in the mental healthcare environment. In order to achieve this, students will develop an understanding of clinical supervision for nurses, and its role and importance in the mental health setting. In this unit, students will explore the skills necessary to safeguard and conserve their personal mental health through developing, recognising and preventing burnout. This unit will also provide an understanding of ways both nurses and workplaces can strengthen resilience and wellbeing. Vicarious trauma is also a threat to both nurses and the workforce, and this unit will also comprehensively explore this concept.

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