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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: NUR2062
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: DEARTH M Ms (HSC)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Consider a patient that you have recently worked with. Demonstrate your knowledge, comprehension, and analysis of the needs of the patient, with reference to appropriate evidence. Provide an exploration of the care and interventions provided. You should consider:
• the therapeutic approach, eg. Rogers, Barker, Egan
• the evidence base that informed the decisions
• empowerment and user involvement of the patient and carers throughout the care process
• legal and ethical issues
• medication and evidence of physical health considerations specific to the patient
• diagnosis, definitions and treatment guidelines
• definition of the role of the mental health nurses in patient care
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Module Overview
Module Aims
This module will develop on the work of the first year of the programme through deepening the student’s understanding of the role and skills of the mental health nurse, and how these are changing to meet current and future user and service needs. A fundamental understanding of the range of mental health problems is also given, in order to support the student’s knowledge base for practice.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:

1. explain the range of mental health problems that can occur at each stage of the lifespan
2. describe a variety of definitions and explanations of major mental health problems and their impact upon the individual and significant others
3. explore skills that are used in responding to emotional discomfort/distress in self and others
4. explain principles of nursing interventions used to help people with a range of mental health problems
5. explore a range of current therapeutic approaches in mental health practice
6. identify the scope of psychopharmacological interventions and the nurse’s role in their administration
7. define the role of the mental health nurse
8. explore ethical frameworks for mental health care
9. outline the legislative contexts of mental health care
10. consider a variety of explanations of mental health crises and their impact on the individual and significant others
11. explain ways in which risk in mental health can be assessed, managed and reduced
12. review and critically analyse research literature in relation to practice
13. explore the application of infection control measures in mental health settings
14. explain the significance of nutrition and fluid management in the care of people with mental health problems
15. explain the significance of partnership working with service users to promote recovery
16. rehearse a range of physical care skills that ensure safe practice
17. explore the provision of services for people with mental health problems and other related needs (eg. Substance misuse)
18. explain the aetiology of violence, aggression and abuse

Cognitive Skills
1. recognise physical, psychological and environmental factors that may influence a person’s cognitive functioning
2. describe assessment instruments that can be used to support the assessment of client needs
3. explore how own values may impact on patient/client interactions
4. understand a range of interventions that can help a person in crisis
5. understand a range of events that can compromise client safety

Key Skills
1. participate in group discussion
2. collaborate with peer group to explore solutions and ideas with others to enhance care
3. recognise deficits in knowledge and take appropriate action
4. retrieve and apply information from a variety of sources
Module Content

Self awareness; therapeutic engagement skills; professional boundaries and responsibilities
User perspectives on mental health care
Values based practice
Evidence bases of mental health care
Relationship between recovery and mental health promotion
Physical care skills – assessing and managing physical health
Assessment skills and approaches
Observation, reporting and record keeping skills
Nursing interventions in response to common mental health problems in childhood, adolescence, adulthood and later life
Aetiological models, critiques and treatment approaches
Introduction to ‘talking therapies’ and ‘physical treatments’
Social models of care
Risk assessment and management skills
Self harm, suicide, ‘dangerousness’
Managing ‘psychiatric emergencies’
Patient safety
Skills in pharmacological interventions
Legal/ethical thread eg. Mental Capacity Act; Mental Health Act; ‘Approved/Responsible Practitioner’
Developing culture and role of mental health nursing
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Fundamental mental health nursing skills will be rehearsed in the classroom, in skills workshops, in order to support learning in the (parallel) practice module.
Selected Texts/Journals

Adams T (ed) (2008) Dementia Care Nursing: promoting the well-being of people with dementia and their families. Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke

Barker P (2004) Assessment in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: In Search of the Whole Person Nelson Thorne London

Burton N (2009) The Meaning of Madness Acheron Press Oxford

Department of Health (2006) From values to action: the chief nursing officer’s review of mental health nursing. DH Publications

Department of Health (2009) New Horizons: a shared vision for mental health. DH publications.

Nash M (2010) Physical Health & Well-Being in Mental Health Nursing: clinical skills for practice. OUPress

Szasz T (1960) The Myth of Mental Illness Harper Row

Videbeck S, Acott K (2009) Mental Health Nursing (!st UK edn) Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Watkins P (2007) Recovery: a guide for mental health practitioners Churchill Livingstone Elsevier London


Blackmore S (2005) Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction OUP Oxford

Clarke V, Walsh A (eds) (2009) Fundamentals of Mental health Nursing Oxford University Press, London

Greenberger D; Padesky C (1995) Mind Over Mood The Guilford Press London

Norman I, Ryrie I (2009) The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing OUP London

Torday P (2009) The Girl on the Landing Orion Books


Mental Health Practice –
Bob the Psychiatric Nurse – (Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am)


Arnold C (2008) Bedlam: London and its Mad Simon & Schuster London

Butler-Bowden T (2006) 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Goffman E (1976) Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates Penguin Books London

Hanzak E (2007) Eyes Without Sparkle a journey through postnatal illness Radcliffe Publishing Oxford

Last Updated
28TH JULY 2010