Courses & Units

Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Theory 1 CNA740


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.


Unit name Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Theory 1
Unit code CNA740
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Ms Sue Aylett
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate within a context of trauma informed care, your increased knowledge of assessment, treatment, management and relationship issues, relevant to the mental health care of consumers with a major mental illness
  • evaluate the comparative effectiveness of a broad range of treatment modalities and approaches utilized in the treatment and management of mental illness and mental health problems.
  • demonstrate your critical understanding of issues pertaining to the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship process as they relate to consumer/client-focused outcomes.
  • critically discuss mental health nursing assessment, diagnosis and management considerations related to a broad range of mental health disorders in the context of holistic, client-focused, recovery and family focused service delivery.
  • analyse ethical and legal issues relevant to the practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing practice.
  • comparatively analyse a range of conceptual models that shape mental health nursing practice and psychiatric treatment of people with a mental illness.
  • evaluate the mental health care of a client drawing on your knowledge of the biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual contexts of mental health nursing practice.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060305 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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AssessmentOnline Quizzes (10%)|Resource Portfolio and Paper (60%)|Online Discussions (30%)
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Evans, K., Nizette, D., & O’Brien, A. 2017, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 4th edn, Elsevier, Australia.

Herecelinskyj, G., & Alexander, L. 2020, Mental Health Nursing: Applying Theory to Practice, Cengage, Australia.

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