Consolidating Mental Health Nursing (Level 6)

Module summary

Module code: NURS1455
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Jude Ibe



This course will provide the student with opportunities to:

Critically examine and reflect on the theoretical and practical implications of leadership and management in mental health nursing.
Investigate contemporary mental health nursing and the underpinning theoretical knowledge and evidence base building on, and consolidating, prior learning.
Facilitate the development of key competencies in contemporary mental health nursing care management to a range of individuals, families/carers and significant others.
Apply leadership and management concepts and personal insight in the consolidation of working with a range of mental health needs including, psychosis, affective, anxiety, organic, additions, child and adolescent mental health, and personality disorder.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Critically analyse leadership and management theory and the application for effective innovative mental health nursing practice.
2. Critically appraise the application of the legal context of practice and the registered mental health nurse's role as advocate of clients' best interests.
3. Critically evaluate outcomes and demonstrate skills in a wide range of evidence based therapeutic interventions in mental health nursing practice with individuals, carers/families and significant others.
4. Critically reflect on theoretical perspectives and application to practice for purposeful collaboration with all relevant parties throughout all stages of the care process.
5. Demonstrate ability to analyse and apply the concepts of continual professional development, professional self-regulation, contemporary ethical issues in mental health and their implications for registered mental health nursing practice.

Indicative content

Consolidation of attitudes including:
Maintenance of non-discriminatory practice in self and others;
Emotional intelligence;
Professional attitudes and values-based mental health frameworks;
Professional, legal and ethical context for mental health nursing;
Developing self awareness and personal development;
Care and Compassion;
Role of the mental health nurse as expert practitioner;
Working with Impasse.
Consolidation of knowledge including:
Psychopathology including Psychosis, Affective, Anxiety, Organic, Addictions, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Personality Disorder, and Perinatal Mental Health;
Theoretical Frameworks for understanding Mental Health and Illness;
Spiritual and cultural approaches to mental heath;
Risk awareness and decision-making;
Evidence in practice;
Theories of leadership and management;
Critical thinking;
Emotional intelligence;
Team work;
Supervision and mentorship;
Contemporary health and social care policy at local and national level.
Consolidation of skills including:
Communication and interpersonal skills;
Critical leadership of therapeutic relationships including establishing and maintaining engagement and disengagement;
Comprehensive, systematic, and collaborative nursing assessments, interventions and care evaluations;
Professional and legal role and responsibilities for medication management;
Networking with national forum, publication and research opportunities;
Continuing Professional Development;
Holistic care, health promotion and lifestyle advice;
Demonstrating leadership in the clinical assessment and management of nutrition and hydration;
Demonstrating management of taking effective measures to prevent and control infections;
Interview preparation;
Preparation for Programme Evaluation.

Teaching and learning activity

Keynote lectures and skills sessions will be delivered to students across both undergraduate and postgraduate mental health nursing programmes.
Lectures and peer group discussion, student led seminar presentations, on-line forums/debates, conference attendance, mock interviews, observation and feedback exercises, YouTube and television programmes, problem based learning, Moodle and Evidence-Based Learning, Critical Thinking.
The VLE (Moodle) will be used as a platform for on-line activities, guided and independent reading to facilitate the development of evidence based knowledge.
Learning in Practice will involve the student in applying their knowledge and skills to the care of individuals, families and carers across secondary, primary and community care settings, to include health visiting, learning disability settings and specialist settings.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Contact Hours:
lectures 10 hours
seminars 10 hours
practical sessions 10 hours
tutorials 10 hours
other 10 hours
Private Study 240 hours
Assignments: course work and other forms of assessment:
Coursework/Essay 10 hours
laboratory work 0
examinations 0
other 0


Essay - 100%
4000 words.
A 4,000 word essay in which the students is required to critically examine the implications of the leadership style of a role model in practice.
Pass mark 40%.

Portfolio - pass/fail graded. A completed portfolio demonstrating that the programme outcomes have been met.

Practice Assessment - Pass/Fail graded.
Practice Assessment Document (PAD) - semester 6

Students must pass all elements of assessment to pass the course.