Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE NUR1307

 
TITLE Foundations of Mental Health Nursing 1

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Mental Health

 
DESCRIPTION The study-unit explores the historical development of mental health nursing practice and looks at contemproary issues which act as the link to the other multi-disciplinary team members. Subjects covered include:

Ethical issues in mental health, Theories of Health - physical vs mental health.

Classification of mental conditions – DSM-4, ICD-10, Differences between mental illness and learning disabilities – incidence and prevalence of mental disorders.

Verbal and non-verbal communication.

Nursing process applied to a mental health clinical area – Observation
Nursing process applied to a mental health clinical area – Assessment
Nursing process applied to a mental health clinical area – Objective setting 1 (Behavioural)
Nursing process applied to a mental health clinical area – Intervention
Nursing process applied to a mental health clinical area – Evaluation
Nursing process applied to a mental health clinical area – Record keeping.

Study-unit Aims:

To enable the student to develop insights into mental illness and to analyze the significance of historical and social perspectives on current day practice and service delivery.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Discuss the concepts of normality, abnormality and the interplay between the two;
- Critically discuss the theories of health, mental health health and mental disorder;
- Promote the understanding of the needs of people with mental illness or handicap and the role of the multi-disciplinary team in attempting to meet the needs of the various client groups;
- Describe the classification of mental disorders;
- Describe the sections of the nursing process and their relationship to care delivery.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- To produce a care plan for a specific clinical study based on observational skills and theoretical data from both the literature and role play activities;
- To evaluate a care plan and outline changes that may be required;
- To show a basic understanding of how to implement the nursing process within a mental health arena.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Ward, MF (1992) The Nursing Process in Psychiatry (2nd ed). Churchill Livingstone. Edinburgh
- Schultz, JM. & Videbeck, SL. (2005) Lippencott’s Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care plans (7th Ed) Lippencott, Williams and Wilkins. New York.
- W.H.O. (2007) International Classification of Diseases and Health Related problems (10th Revision) World Health Authority, Geneve.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Paulann Grech

 
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