HLST N8127 - Mental Health 1

Full Title:Mental Health 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8127
Credits: 15
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will introduce the learner to mental health care and equip the student with the communication skills necessary to establish rapport with clients and their carer's in assessing a client's health care needs.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Explain the concept of mental health and its evoloution
  2. Outline the role and responsibility of the mental health nurse in community and inpatient care
  3. Explain how the nursing process is applied in psychiatric - mental health nursing
  4. Explain the communication skills necessary to establish rapport with clients and their carer's in assessing a clients health care needs.
  5. Explain diagnostic classification systems used in mental health
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of personal development and professional guidelines.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Mental Health Concepts
Evolution of mental health nursing and mental health services. Historical background. Care facilities. Vision for Change. Client centred care. Principles of recovery oriented mental health practice.
Role and Responsibility of the Psychiatric Nurse
Irish Nusring and Midwifery Board guidelines, HSE guidelines. Nurses and Midwives Act 2011. Mental Health Act 2001. DKIT student nurse policies. Personal reflection. Personal safety. Therapeutic management of aggression and potential violence. De-escalation techniques. Break away techniques.
Application of the Nursing Process in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
Assess, Plan, Implement, Evaluate. Components of the Psychosocial Assessment. Interview, Health History, Mental Status Examination. Accessing records / written information. Prioritising care – short term / long term goals of treatment.
Communication Skills
Verbal Communication Skills: Types of questions used, Active Listening and Observation. Therapeutic Communication Techniques. Non-verbal Communication Skills: Use of Touch, Body Language, Vocal cues, Eye contact, Silence, Clinical/Clients home environment.
Diagnostic Classification Systems
Psychiatric Nursing Diagnosis; North America Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) Overview of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM IV) (DSM V, May 2013) International Classification of Disorders (ICD 10), Laboratory tests.
Personal and Professional Development
Nurse as a therapeutic agent, Empathy, Professional closeness, Personal space, Transference and counter-transference. Self-awareness, self-concept. Reflective practice, Models of reflection. The Nature of nursing, Exploration of personal philosophies, Beliefs in practice. Legal and Professional Guidelines in communicating with clients and carers.
Clinical Placement Policy Guidelines
Confidentiality, Access to information. Data protection. Introduction to fundamental ethical principles. Concept of responsibility, accountability and advocacy. Concept of supernumerary status. Documentation requirements and reporting structures for psychiatric nursing students while on clinical placement.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment THIS MUST BE PASSED INDEPENDENTLY. 1,2,5 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
Class Test The student will undertake a 2 hour in class exam. THIS MUST BE PASSED INDEPENDENTLY. 3,5 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
Essay The student will complete a 2000 word assignment on the communication skills utilised within the role play. THIS MUST BE PASSED INDEPENDENTLY. Practical/Skills Evaluation. The student will partake in a role play where they will have the opportunity to practice effective communication skills with a fellow student. The role play will be supervised by the module leader and feedback offered to the student on their strengths and areas for improvement. 4,6 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
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
Normally this will consist of a role play exercise and written assignment.

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 This is a year long module with 8hrs/week in semester 1 and 5hrs/week in semester 2 8.00 Every Week 8.00
Directed Reading No Description 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Independent Study No Description 120.00 Once per semester 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 19.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 8.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Morrissey J. Keogh B. Doyle L. 2008, Psychiatric mental health nursing An Irish Perspective, Gill&McMillan [ISBN: 9780717144594]
  • Arnold, E. and Boggs, K. 2010, Interpersonal Relationships: Professional Communication Skills for Nurses, 6th Ed Ed., Elsevier Saunders St. Louis, Missouri [ISBN: 1437709443]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Varcarilus E 2012, Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Communication Approach to Evidence-Based Care,, 2 Ed., Saunders [ISBN: 13- 978-1455706617]
  • Townsend M 2010, Essentials of Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nursing, F A Davis Co [ISBN: 978-0803623385]
  • Phil Barker 2009, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Hodder Arnold London [ISBN: 978-0340947630]
  • Videbeck, S. 2009, Mental Health Nursing, 1st UK Ed, 1st Ed Ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins London [ISBN: 10: 1-901831-02-7]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NPNUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing 1 Mandatory
nocode16 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Psychiatric Nursing Exit Award 1 Mandatory
nocode17 Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Psychiatric Nursing Exit Award) 1 Mandatory