Full Title:Mental Health in General Nursing
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:NURS N8146
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2017/18 ( February 2018 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will facilitate learners to gain a better understanding and knowledge of mental health conditions and care approaches.The module will also focus on the challenges of mental health issues in a general nursing setting.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss multi-factorial bio-psycho-social aetiological factors which predispose the individual to experiencing a mental illness.
  2. Describe the presentation, diagnosis, medical treatment and nursing management of mental illnesses frequently encountered within a general nursing context.
  3. Discuss the medical complications associated with serious mental illnesses and mental health complications associated with medical illnesses.
  4. Discuss societal and healthcare provider's attitudes and misconceptions related to mental health and illness.
  5. Describe current mental health structures and services.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Aetiological factors:
Genetic, biological, developmental, psychological, and environmental; stress vulnerability hypothesis
Nursing management of:
Disorders of perception: psychoses: organic and functional; delusional disorder; schizoprenia. Disorders of affect: major mood disorders: depression and bipolar affective disorder. Stress related disorders: acute adjustment and enduring stress reactions. Anxiety disorders: GAD; OCD; phobias; conversion reactions; panic attacks. Disorders of personality. Disorders associated with trauma and abuse. Addictions and Eating disorders. Deliberate self harm; Suicidal behaviours
Medical and mental illness:
associations, co-morbidities and causative relationships between medical and mental health conditions
Attitudes and beliefs:
Myths and misconceptions associated with mental health and illness
Contemporary mental health services:
Access to primary, secondary and tertiary mental health services; access and liaison within general nursing context.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%

Full Time

No Course Work
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam 2 hour unseen MCQ examination 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 100 40 End-of-Semester 120
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Student will be allocated a period of time to present as part of a group. If any student fails their presentation, the student will repeat the presentation before the end of the semester.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Directed Reading No Description 20.00 Once per semester 1.33
Independent Study No Description 63.00 Once per semester 4.20
Practical PMAV 6.00 Once per semester 0.40
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.93
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.40
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Harrison, A. and Hart, C. 2006, Mental health care for nurses : applying mental health skills in the general hospital, Blackwell Pub. Oxford [ISBN: 9781405172790 (ELECTRONIC BK.)]
  • Videbeck, S.L. 2016, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 7th Ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Phildelphia [ISBN: 1496357035]
  • Callaghan, P. and Gamble, C. (eds) 2015, Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing, 2nd Ed., Oxford University Press Oxford
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mohr, W. 2012, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Evidence-Based Concepts, Skills, and Practices, 8th ed Ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins London [ISBN: 9781609137083]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NGNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in General Nursing 3 Mandatory
nocode13 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 3 Mandatory
nocode14 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (General Nursing Exit Award) 3 Mandatory
nocode20 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Intellectual Disability Nursing Exit Award) 3 Mandatory