Courses & Units

Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice 1 CNA742



This Unit is co-requisite with Unit CNA740. In this Unit students will employ a critical reflective and problem-based learning approach to support the development of the knowledge, skill and attitudinal competencies required for effective practice as beginning level specialist practitioners in mental health nursing. Students will also keep a Clinical Journal as a portfolio of evidence of achieving the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc (ACMHN) Standards of Practice, 2010.


Unit name Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
Unit code CNA742
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mr Russell James
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Postgraduate


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


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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

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate developed knowledge, skill and attitudinal competency against the nine ACMHN Standards of Practice, 2010. these standards of practice are fully outlined in your clinical portfolio.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on your own mental health nursing practice in the interests of your own emancipation, enlightenment and empowerment as a mental health nurse practitioner.
  • Apply your knowledge of the nursing process, evidenced-based practice and problem-solving skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care for a hypothetical client case scenario.
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
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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AssessmentClinical Portfolio (10%)|Problem-based Learning (40%)|Practice Critique (50%)
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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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