Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Mental Health)
What will I study?
The Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Mental Health) is a 150 credit point course. Streams offered in this course are:
- Stream 1 Coursework: 9x 12.5cp (Core) + 1x 12.5cp (Elective) + 1x 25cp (Capstone).
- Stream 2 Minor Thesis: 6x 12.5cp (Core) + 1x 25cp (Selective Capstone) + 2x 25cp (Minor Thesis).
- Stream 1 Coursework: 8x 12.5cp (Core) + 2x 12.5cp (Elective) + 1x 25cp (Capstone).
- Stream 2 Minor Thesis: 5x 12.5cp (Core) + 1x 12.5cp (Elective) + 1x 25cp (Selective Capstone) + 2x 25cp (Minor Thesis).
Intended learning outcomes
As a graduate of the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Mental Health) you will have:
- a comprehensive knowledge of relevant research literature related to mental health nursing practice;
- the capacity to critically think, problem-solve, seek, retrieve and evaluate information;
- the ability to analyse the socio-political influences on nursing practice;
- the ability to explore and evaluate the status of (and potential for) advanced nursing practice in national and international contexts;
- be able to undertake an assessment of your practice, develop a plan and complete a planned program of knowledge and skill development;
- achieve mastery of knowledge and skills to support extension to practice and the development of therapeutic and evidence-based nursing interventions in your work environment;
- the ability to develop, implement and undertake new and innovative practices within legislative and professional boundaries;
- attained oral and written communication skills to support advanced practice;
- developed planning, time management and teamwork skills to support advanced practice; and
- knowledge and skills to support culturally competent practice, leadership and/or education relevant to advanced practice in your chosen specialty practice.
At the completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:
- the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation
- critical thinking and analytical skills
- an openness to new ideas
- the ability to communicate scientific knowledge through oral, written and web based media
- professional leadership skills
Explore this course
Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this degree.
- Specialist Mental Health Nursing 12.5
Specialist Mental Health Nursing
This subject is designed to provide the theoretical foundation for entry into specialist mental health nursing practice. Students will explore the legal, policy and ethical frameworks, within which mental health care is provided. Students will extend their understanding of bio-psycho-social factors, related to mental health and illness and to the nosology within diagnostic structures of psychiatry.
- Mental Health Nursing Practice 1 6.25
Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
In this subject students will apply theoretical principles outlined in each module to support comprehensive consumer screening, assessment, monitoring and care planning in mental health nursing practice. Students will apply current legal, ethical and policy frameworks to their clinical practice. Students will learn to incorporate knowledge and evidence of biopsychosocial factors influencing consumer and family/carer outcomes to inform their clinical decision making in practice and demonstrate sound clinical leadership skills.
- Assessment in Mental Health Nursing 12.5
Assessment in Mental Health Nursing
This subject is designed to develop assessment skills for beginning specialist mental health nursing practice. Skills from Mental Health Nursing 1 will be incorporated with specialist communication skills. Consumer and family perspectives of needs, health and illness will be integrated in the processes of assessment and the investigation of models of care in multi-disciplinary settings. This specialist knowledge will be applied to nursing assessment and care planning, relevant to the range of high- and low-prevalence diagnostic groupings.
- Psychopharmacology 12.5
This subject will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of medications used in psychiatry and to examine the role of the psychiatric nurse in psychopharmacological treatments. The subject allows students to develop clinical skills in relevant assessments and interventions for clients receiving psychiatric medication.
- Consumer Perspective: Theory & Practice 12.5
Consumer Perspective: Theory & Practice
This subject aims to extend participants foundational knowledge to support the development of clinical skills and expertise related to consumer participation in treatment and consumer involvement in mental health service delivery and review. The subject focuses on current State and Commonwealth directives supporting consumer participation in treatment and in service reform activities; consumer rights, and explores models of care that can enhance the consumer's involvement in treatment. The subject would be relevant for healthcare practitioners from nursing and allied health disciplines interested in consumer perspectives and participation in health and health services.
- Pharmacology for Health Professionals 12.5
Pharmacology for Health Professionals
This subject extends the students' knowledge of the fundamental pharmacological principles of medication management, which can be adopted and utilized in the advanced practice setting. Students will use the foundational knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and therapeutics, in order to critically analyze how medications affect physiological, biochemical and pathophysiological processes.
With a greater appreciation of the action of drugs on body processes, students will be able to determine which medications should be administered to particular patients in order to ensure therapeutic effects are optimized and adverse effects are minimized. Students will articulate the key pharmacological characteristics of drug classes, as well as be able to derive and understand the specific nuances of individual drugs.
This focus will ensure that students use critical thinking and problem solving abilities to facilitate them to prescribe, administer, monitor and evaluate medications in a rational and effective manner. Please note that this subject is conducted through the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
- Clinical Leadership in Context 12.5
Clinical Leadership in Context
The subject considers contemporary issues related to professional practice and clinical leadership in advanced practice roles nursing.
The aim of this subject is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to enable them to lead practice and service development in their area of specialty.
The core content of this subject will assist the student to understand the political, economic, professional, ethical, social and clinical influences on advanced practice nursing models. Students will critique different models of service delivery, governance structures, methods for evaluating and sustaining measurable outcomes in practice
The subject will also assist students to identify their own learning and development needs and, where necessary, negotiate access to a range of resources to enable them to meet their learning objectives.
The core content will prepare students to undertake a project that will facilitate the application of theory to their practice context. The focus of the project will be to develop the knowledge and skill required to lead service development and practice improvement as well as influence colleagues
Students will be required to develop a learning contract based on their individual learning needs which will be used to demonstrate development of an advanced practice role. The ANMC Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners and where relevant, competency standards for advanced practitioners developed by specialty professional groups will be used to guide the learning contract development. Knowledge and skills developed should be described in the learning contract and demonstrated through the compilation of a practice portfolio that includes (but is not limited to) governance models, documentation of scope of practice and service evaluation strategies.
The subject is designed to support students to meet the ANMC Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners (2006). This subject is a mandatory component of the Nurse Practitioner pathway of the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.
- Advanced Therapeutic Skills 12.5
Advanced Therapeutic Skills
This subject is designed to provide the theoretical and practical foundation for entry level therapeutic practice in specialist mental health nursing practice. Students will extend their understanding of the triggering and sustaining factors in psychological and social distress and crisis, associated with mental health and illness. Students will attain knowledge of evidencebased therapies and associated interpersonal nursing strategies and skills. The specialist knowledge will be applied to therapeutic nursing interventions, relevant to the range of high- and low-prevalence diagnostic groupings.
- Applications of Clinical Pharmacology 12.5
Applications of Clinical Pharmacology
This subject supports the development of advanced practice knowledge in the quality use of medicines. It builds on knowledge developed in the subject Pharmacology for Health Professionals, which predominantly focuses on the mechanisms of action of medications, by exploring the clinical and social contexts for the safe use of medicines in speciality and advanced practice.
- Clinical Inquiry & Nursing Research 12.5
Clinical Inquiry & Nursing Research
This subject is designed to meet the needs of nurses to retrieve, critically appraise and utilise nursing and other related research as an evidential base for practice. This subject provides an overview of research methodologies that will equip students with a broad appreciation of the many aspects of clinical research, including ethical and quality issues. The subject will develop student skills and knowledge necessary to understand the purpose and principles of evidence based practice (EBP) in order to undertake a team-based research project in the following year. Students will gain an appreciation of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the fundamental differences in these approaches.
- Clinical Teaching and Preceptorship 12.5
Clinical Teaching and Preceptorship
This subject provides the learner with the skills and knowledge t provide and apply learning support systems in the clinical workplace. A variety of learning support models are explored and discussed including: mentorship, clinical teaching, clinical supervision and preceptorship. The major themes of the subject are the learning organisation, principles and practices of teaching, learning and assessing in the clinical practice with particular importance on providing learner feedback, the preceptor-preceptee relationship and creating a supportive learning environment.
- Health Assessment for Advanced Practice1 12.5
Health Assessment for Advanced Practice1
The aim of this subject is to develop advanced health assessment skills in nursing that are relevant to the student’s area of clinical practice.
The subject provides the foundation for the development of health assessment knowledge and skills that are required in order to practice in an advanced practice nursing role.
The subject will explore diagnostic decision making processes taking into consideration factors that impact on health and health assessment outcomes, such as: age, gender, culture, socioeconomic status and life style.
Students will use a client focused approach to health assessment and apply a structured framework to guide health assessment. History taking, general examination skills, diagnostic testing and communication of assessment findings to the health care team and patient (written and verbal) will form the core content of the subject.
Students will have the option of selecting areas that are relevant to their own area of practice. These topics will include: cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, cognitive and developmental, abdominal, alimentary and nutritional, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, integument and psychosocial assessment.
The subject will provide a number of strategies to assist the students in developing advanced health assessment skills. On campus tutorials and workshops, reading and resource material will be provided to assist students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for advanced health examination and patient assessment. Students will use clinical mentors in their practice environment to support their learning, in particular the development of specialty assessment skills.
The subject is designed to support students in meeting the ANMC Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners (2006).
This subject is a mandatory component of the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice Nurse Practitioner pathway.
- Advanced Nursing Practice in Context 12.5
Advanced Nursing Practice in Context
This subject focuses on knowledge and clinical skill development for an expanded scope of practice in an area of specialty practice.
The core content of this subject will include defining scope of practice and advanced practice nursing roles.
An exploration of advanced practice, expansion of speciality practice, and the role of the nurse practitioner including the regulatory, professional, ethical and practical influences on scope of practice will be explored. In this context, students will consider the implications of mentorship, clinical supervision and clinical governance models before embarking on a project that expands their own scope of practice.
The core content will prepare students to undertake a project that will allow them to apply relevant theory related to advanced practice nursing to their own specialty context. The project will expand their current nursing knowledge and skills to an advanced practice level.
The focus of the project will be on developing the capacity to apply evidence to nursing assessment and management strategies, developing sophisticated assessment, problem-solving, planning and technical skills for client groups that are specific to their designated specialty. For those students undertaking the NP pathway, the contract will include the development of advanced diagnostic reasoning skills, including the use of relevant diagnostic tools. Project development, implementation and evaluation strategies for the treatment plans that address specific extensions to practice will be incorporated in the project. The assessment, investigation and treatment plans should be client focused (eg. culturally sensitive, socioeconomically relevant, sustainable and negotiated with the client and other members of the health care team.
With collegial support from a multidisciplinary team and the subject coordinator, students will develop a learning contract to articulate their project. The ANMC Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners and where relevant competency standards for advanced practitioners issued by specialty professional groups will be used to guide the project aim, contract development and completion. Students will demonstrate achievement of knowledge and skills described in the contract through compilation of a practice portfolio.
This subject will assists students to develop the capacity to identify their own clinical learning and development needs and access a range of resources to enable them to meet their objectives.
This subject is designed to support students to meet the ANMC Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners (2006).
This subject is a mandatory component of the Nurse Practitioner pathway of the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.
- Applied Pathophysiology 12.5
This subject provides a foundation for understanding the pathologic basis of disease across the lifespan.
It equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to explain assessment data and prioritise patient care in a specialty area of practice based on scientific principles.
Core pathophysiological concepts covered will include: cellular responses to stress; adaptation, injury and death; acute and chronic inflammation; tissue renewal and repair; infection; neoplasia; haemodynamic, genetic and immune system disorders and genetic predisposition to disease.
Using a case study based approach, learners will be provided with opportunities to apply their knowledge
in one or more of the following specialty areas of nursing practice.
- Paediatric Intensive Care
- Neonatal Intensive Care
- Critical Care
- Emergency Care
- Rural Critical Care
- Oncology and Palliative Care
- Child and Family Health 12.5
Child and Family Health
The focus of this subject is to utilise an ecological approach to understand the importance of family relationships when assessing, planning, and implementing the health care needs of children. The effects of social disadvantage on the child and family will be explored with special emphasis on families of children with special needs.
- Domestic and Family Violence 12.5
Domestic and Family Violence
This provides foundational knowledge in understanding domestic and family violence (DFV) and the intervention for workers in the human services sector. An analysis which draws from an ecological and a public health framing of the cultural, structural, relational and individual understandings of DFV informs the content of the course. An approach which recognises the gendered patterns of DFV and which also recognises the impact on children of living with violence and abuse provides the parameters of the subject. Issues of diversity will be woven throughout the subject.
Specific topics that will be covered include: prevalence and incidence of DFV and what this tells us about children, gender and intersectionality; risk assessment and risk management; accountability for men who use violence; strengthening the mother-child relationship in the aftermath of violence; supporting collaborative inter-agency practice; specific issues for child protection workers; the prevention agenda and strategies for earlier intervention.