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Unit CNA740 is designed to offer postgraduate mental health nurses an introduction to and understanding of contemporary level 1 foundational mental health nursing principles / issues / interventions, related to caring for and working with people with a mental illness and or a mental health disorder across a range of mental health settings. Students will explore, discuss and reflect on a range of topics, including contemporary roles and functions of mental health nursing; therapeutic relationship; assessment and diagnosis; critical reflection; evidenced‐based practice; and consumer/caregiver perspectives. Further, students will examine the application of biological, psychological, socio‐political, cultural, spiritual, environmental, and legal/ethical contexts of mental health nursing practice. The notion of recovery will be explored within a local, national, international and family perspective. The trauma informed care approach will also be explored. The application of nursing principles specific to a range of major mental illnesses will be addressed together with a range of therapeutic treatment modalities.

Summary 2020

Unit name Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Theory 1
Unit code CNA740
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing

Russell James

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,615.00 060305

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Teaching Pattern



Online discussion x 2 (30%), Online Test (10%), Resource Portfolio (60%)

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