Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Psychiatric Nursing 1

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


DEPARTMENT Mental Health

DESCRIPTION This is the initial study-unit of the intended programme of studies and constitutes the introduction to the subject. The unit provides the underpinning theoretical information to distinguish between the various biopsychosocial elements of humanistic care and further identifies the mental health component in all health care settings. It identifies those areas where students may need mental health skills in their own practice and provides an over view of those upon which they may choose to draw. Through this study unit, students will develop an understanding of the key ethical issues relating to mental health care, mental health classifications as well as the incidence and prevalence of various conditions. They will also learn about communication methods as a means of therapy as well as the application of the nursing process to the care given. These subjects will be applied to individual practice to provide the student with an understanding of the nature and practice of what constitutes a mental health nurse, as opposed to a general nurse.

Study-unit Aims:

- Analyse the significance of historical and social perspectives on current day practice and service delivery;
- To enable the student to develop insights into mental illness and the requirements as service users;
- To gain an initial over view of the work of a psychiatric/mental health nurse (PMHN);
- To combine the needs of the patients with those of intervention options offered by PMHN;
- To find their place as members of the core psychiatric multi-disciplinary team.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Critically discuss the theories of health, mental health and mental disorder;
- Promote the understanding of people with mental health problems and the role of the multi-disciplinary team in attempting to meet the needs of various client groups;
- Describe ICD10 and DSM-Vi-R classification of mental illnesses;
- Develop an understanding of the various roles and responsibilities of a PMHN.

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

- Undertake the care planning of a chosen patient using the elements of the nursing process applied to a mental health care setting;
- Demonstrate, through the completion of a series of classroom and skills lab based activities, the ability to convert theoretical concepts of nursing intervention into potential options for clinical practice;
- Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication skills;
- Show how the elements of Peplau's nurse/patient relationship model are applied to contemporary PMHN practice.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Read J Reynolds J (2000) Speaking our minds: an anthology. Palgrave and Open University Press. UK.
Gamble C Brennan G (2000) Working with serious mental illness: a manual for clinical practice. Bailliere Tindall and The Royal College of Nursing. UK.
Burnard P (1995) Learning human skills: an experiential and reflective guide for nurses. Butterworth Heinemann. UK.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

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

LECTURER/S Paulann Grech

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