Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Education in Mental Health Nursing

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Mental Health

DESCRIPTION The study-unit incorporates the basic principles of education in relation to mental health nursing. Additionally, the study-unit focuses on applying these principles to practice in preparation for the transition from a student to a novice practitioner.

Topics include:

- Learning in the clinical environment as a novice practitioner;
- Shared learning with the multidisciplinary team;
- Being a mentor to others in the clinical environment;
- The act of delivering psychoeducation to care receivers;
- Reflective practice;
- Clinical supervision.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:

- Prepare the student to avail of learning opportunities in the clinical environment as a novice practitioner;
- Enhance the student's knowledge and responsibility in the role of a mentor in the clinical environment;
- Enable students to develop the necessary skills to deliver effective psychoeducation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Be aware of the different roles of the mental health nurse in education;
- Describe how to create and make the best use of teaching and learning opportunities in practice.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Apply principles of education to facilitate his/her own learning in the clinical environment;
- Teach students in the clinical area;
- Deliver psychoeducation to care receivers.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Freshwater D, Taylor BJ & Sherwood G (2008) International Textbook of Reflective Practice in Nursing. UK:Blackwell Publishers;
- Walsh, D (2014) Nurse Mentor's Handbook: Supporting Students in Clinical Practice. UK: Open University Press;
- Welsh, I & Swann, C (2002) Partners in Learning. UK: Radcliffe Medical Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Paulann Grech
Alexei Sammut

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