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 Doctor Russell James
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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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.

Fee Information

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (my learning online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.

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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