Courses & Units

Mental Health 2 NUR352


Mental Health 2 will expand your knowledge of a range of mental health nursing therapeutic interventions, including psychopharmacology, aimed to support recovery for people experiencing mental health problems. You will explore techniques for attaining and retaining mental wellness for yourself and others and employ a structured framework to further develop your reflective skills to engage in therapeutic communication.
Mental health legislation and the ethical implications of restrictive interventions will be examined. Strategies helpful for those experiencing mental ill-health and for different social groups from a strengths-based, human rights and social justice perspective will be explored. You will examine the contribution of mental health nursing to the health and well-being of the community, to provide person-centred care across the lifespan.


Unit name Mental Health 2
Unit code NUR352
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Doctor Denise McGarry
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Nursing Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Nursing Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Nursing Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Nursing Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Nursing Study Period 3 18/9/2023 9/10/2023 30/10/2023 10/12/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the legislative frameworks in mental health services.
  • Review the function and therapeutic profile of major groups of psychopharmaceutical agents.
  • Apply a range of therapeutic and psychotherapeutic approaches and supports in mental health, within the role of the registered nurse in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Discuss human rights and social justice principles to support and advocate for people who experience mental ill-health.
  • Display competence in active listening, building rapport and trust in interpersonal communications.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,746.00

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NUR137 Mental Health 1


Teaching Pattern

This unit is delivered in a blended delivery mode comprising of face-to-face intensives as well as content delivered 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. You can interact with the online content at any time, which will be in a modularised format. Online tutorials/webinars will provide further opportunity to engage with
educators and peers and consolidate your knowledge of the online presentations and readings. The format and content of these sessions will be advertised through MyLO announcements.

All Intensives in the Bachelor of Nursing Science are condensed face to face campus experiences. Intensives are usually scheduled between Monday and Friday (see individual unit calendars). Intensives provide an opportunity for -student engagement, networking with staff and peers, intra-professional and inter-professional learning opportunities and engaging with guest speakers. Intensives are designed to provide you with an opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop your skills in the practice of nursing. The Intensives provide a key role in facilitating the development of your skills, knowledge and understanding. This is in preparation for both your upcoming Professional Experience Placements and your ongoing engagement in the Bachelor of Nursing Science.

Attendance at PEP is mandatory.

In the interests of both personal and public safety, as a registered nursing student with AHPRA you have a professional responsibility and duty as part of your regulatory obligations to ensure the provision of safe and effective nursing care to the public. Therefore, your attendance at intensives is required and non-attendance will result in the cancellation of PEP and a delay in course completion. Whilst the unit provides a weekly guide, it is expected that you set your own goals to meet the unit learning outcomes. You are however, expected to have engaged with the relevant online learning activities before you attend the Intensives.

AssessmentOn-line Quiz (10%)|Recovery-oriented Care Plan (50%)|Reflective Analysis. (40%)
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Foster, K, Marks, P, O’Brien, A & Raeburn, T (eds) 2021, Mental Health in Nursing: Theory and practice in clinical settings, 5 edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW, Australia. 


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 Hercelinskyj, G.J. & Alexander, L. (eds) 2020, Mental health nursing: Applying theory to  practice, 1 edn, Cenage, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.   

 Paris, J. (2015) The intelligent clinician’s guide to the DSM-5. (2nd ed) New York: Oxford Press.   Retrieved from   

  Slade, M. (2009). Personal Recovery and Mental Illness. A Guide for Mental Health Professionals. USA: Cambridge University Press.   

  Staunton, P., & Chiarella, M. (2016). Nursing and the law (8th ed.). Sydney: Elsevier.   

  Stein-Parbury, J. (2017). Patient and person: Interpersonal skills in nursing (6th ed.). Sydney:   Churchill Livingstone Elsevier     

Taylor,D.M.; Barnes, T.R.E., &Young, A.H. (2018) The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry (13th ed). West Sussex, UK: WILEY Blackwell  

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