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  • Objectives
    The aim of the course is to enhance students' knowledge, clinical skills and competencies in the field of mental health nursing by providing advanced studies in the field to prepare students to contribute to the present and future development of mental health nursing and the mental health nursing profession. The course also aims to provide students with the necessary skills to meet the ANMC standards for eligibility to register as a Mental Health Nurse upon completion of the course.Learning outcomesGraduates of the course are expected to be able to: * meet the requirements for registration as a mental health nurse with the Nurses Board of South Australia; * perform advanced mental health nursing roles and demonstrate excellence in mental health nursing practice; * influence and improve the nature and quality of mental health nursing practice; * provide leadership and exert a positive influence on the mental health of the community; * advance mental health nursing knowledge and mental health nursing practice research.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must hold a nursing degree or an equivalent qualification approved by the Faculty Board, must be registered general nurses or registered mental health/psychiatric nurses with a current practising certificate, and must have had a minimum of two years' post-registration nursing experience. However, the Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Mental Health Nursing
  • Course description
    The Master of Mental Health Nursing is a 54-unit program offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences on a Commonwealth Supported basis. It has three pathways: (1) Coursework, (2) Clinical and (3) Research.

    CREDIT

    Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing or equivalent approved qualification will be granted a maximum of 36 units.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Master of Mental Health Nursing, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    Except with the permission of the Faculty Board, the program must be completed full-time within three consecutive semesters or part-time within eight consecutive semesters.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 12 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    Students must complete ONE of the following three pathways:
    1 COURSEWORK

    NURS9020
        

    Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
        

    6

    NURS9026
        

    Leadership in Health Studies
        

    6

    NURS9523
        

    Primary Health Care for Mental Health
        

    6

    NURS9529
        

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
        

    12

    NURS9530
        

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 2
        

    6

    NURS9602
        

    Practice Project in Nursing or Midwifery
        

    9

        

    Elective topic(s)
        

    9

    Students enrolled in this pathway will be able to select from the following elective topics:

    Not all elective topics will be available in any given year or semester.

    NURS8612
        

    Clinical Specialty: Negotiated Study
        

    9

    NURS9014
        

    Independent Study
        

    9

    NURS9022
        

    Introduction to Clinical Audit
        

    3

    NURS9023
        

    Conducting a Clinical Audit
        

    3

    NURS9507
        

    Independent Study
        

    3

    NURS9508
        

    Independent Study
        

    6

    NURS9509
        

    Therapeutic Touch: Complementary Healing Modality in Health and Illness
        

    3

    NURS9518
        

    Independent Study
        

    4.5

    NURS9611
        

    Epidemiology for Nurses and Midwives
        

    3

    Students enrolled in this pathway may, in consultation with the Course Coordinator, select other postgraduate level topics offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences as electives.

    2 CLINICAL

    NURS9020
        

    Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
        

    6

    NURS9026
        

    Leadership in Health Studies
        

    6

    NURS9523
        

    Primary Health Care for Mental Health
        

    6

    NURS9529
        

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
        

    12

    NURS9530
        

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 2
        

    6

        

    Nursing Stream #
        

    18

    # Students enrolled in this pathway will be able to select one of the following nursing streams which have a significant relevance to mental health nursing:

        * Aged Care Nursing Studies
        * Alcohol & Other Drug Studies
        * Child, Adolescent and Family Health Nursing
        * Clinical Forensic Nursing
        * Correctional Nursing
        * Emergency Nursing
        * General Practice Nursing

    Students enrolled in this pathway may, in consultation with the Course Coordinator, select other postgraduate streams offered by the School of Nursing & Midwifery.

    3 RESEARCH

    NURS9020
        

    Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
        

    6

    NURS9207
        

    Thesis Preparation
        

    6

    NURS9208
        

    Research Issues in Health
        

    6

    NURS9529
        

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
        

    12

    NURS9530
        

    Mental Health Nursing Practice 2
        

    6

    NURS9613
        

    Research Project
        

    18

    Students enrolled in this pathway will be required to provide an acceptable research proposal prior to enrolling in NURS9613. Research proposals are subject to Course Coordinator approval and the School's ability to provide suitable research supervision to students depending on their proposed research topic.

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