Courses & Units

Community & Mental Health Nursing Practice: Professional Experience CNA319

This unit has been discontinued.


Professional Experience Placement (PEP): Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (mornings, evenings, weekends night shifts as per roster), may be required to relocate and are expected to travel to where the PEP is available. To be eligible to undertake PEP, all SNM students must meet the requirements of the Health Science Safety in Practice Kit by completing and submitting all Safety in Practice Agreement compliance documentation to the School. Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.

Semester 2- Students are required to undertake 2 of the 4 Professional Experience Placement rotations. The dates of the rotations are determined by the school in conjunction with healthcare agencies, and may differ from UTAS semester dates. Please note Semester 2 break MAY differ from UTAS calendar semester break.

Spring School (Extended) dates for 2015/2016:

Commences Monday 16th November 2015 – Friday 18th December 2015
Census Date Friday 14th December 2015
Recommences Monday 4th January 2016 – 5th February 2016

PEP Practice Dates


Community and Mental Health Nursing Practice: Professional Experience is a synthesis unit which builds on the knowledge and skills already developed in the BN program. This unit applies a primary health care and health promotion approach to studying nursing practice in various community and mental health care settings. It provides an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of community based health issues, together with an appreciation of the particular needs of people whose lives are affected by mental health problems and mental illness. In focus are the role and responsibilities of nurses in community and mental health settings and the way in which skills gained in these areas apply to other areas of practice.

The unit offers you the opportunity to gain experiences and knowledge and skills relevant to nursing in Community and Mental Health settings. Students will be assessed in practice against the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse. Health care agency staff report formally or informally on your progress in practice; however it is the SNM which has responsibility for determining the final assessment arising out of a professional experience placement (PEP).


Unit name Community & Mental Health Nursing Practice: Professional Experience
Unit code CNA319
Credit points 25
Faculty/School Faculty of Health
School of Health Science
Discipline School for Health Sciences

Kym Self

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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  • PREREQ - CNA227, CNA226, CNA203, (CNA318 H3V, H3R, H3H), (CNA203, CNA226, CXA205, CNA227 H3D) (CNA203, CNA226, CXA207 H3E)
  • COREQ - (CNA318 H3D and H3E)
  • MEXCL - CNA316


Teaching Pattern

312 hours of professional experience undertaken across eight full time weeks (40hours per week) with online resources


Practice Portfolio completed across 8 weeks of Professional Experience (ungraded pass)

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