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NS5880 - Managing Mental Health in General Health Settings

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

This subject provides the student with the opportunity to enhance and extend their existing knowledge in the nursing management of clients who have mental health issues in generalist health settings. This subject also provides an opportunity to develop new knowledge and assessment and management skills in this important aspect of clinical health care. The student's learning will be extended and applied to addressing nursing issues in the management of mental health related symptoms and behaviours in their particular clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • use critical thinking, reflective and analytical skills and apply these to the care of clients with mental health issues;
  • apply specific knowledge of a variety of mental health issues to the care of clients in generalist health settings;
  • demonstrate the ability to conduct mental health assessments of clients with mental health issues in generalist health settings;
  • develop a variety of effective nursing management strategies for clients with a range of mental health issues in generalist health settings.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Tanya Park
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor David Lindsay, Dr Kristin Wicking.
Method of Delivery: CDROMandWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.