Mental Health Nursing Practice 1


This module is delivered in the classroom and in the clinical skills suite. Taught sessions are designed to equip students with the skills required in order to successfully undertake first year practice placement.


This module aims to enable the student to meet the mental health nursing practice competency requirements necessary to progress to year two as specified by the NMC (2010).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of values based mental health nursing and apply the principles of this in the practice placement environment

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the concept, and application of person centred care

3.  Demonstrate the ability to maintain patient and personal safety

4.  Demonstrate competence in core skills for nursing

5.  Demonstrate the ability to practice in accordance with professional standards and requirements.

6.  Identify, with academic and clinical staff, areas of strength and issues which require development

Indicative Content

1 The Code, local and national policy and and legal frameworks

Confidentiality, consent, protecting the patient. Mental Health (Care and Treatment)(Scotland) Act 2003. Nurses holding power and detention orders. Advanced statements Guardianship and adults with incapacity. The roles of the mentor, Practice Education Facilitator and the student. Identifying learning opportunities to build strengths and address areas for development. Working in partnership; peer led support; experts by experience; dignity

2 Person centred care

Respecting different and diversity and delivering appropriate care. Practice in a manner which is consistent with person centred care. Maintaining dignity, offering choice, raising concerns, providing information and checking for understanding, delivering compassionate care. ESC's.

3 Patient and personal safety

Recognising and responding to risk. Responding to emergency physical and mental health problems. Assessing risk. Mental health observations. Safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. Fire safety. Recognising and responding to anaphalaxis and malignant neuroleptic syndrome. Understanding indications, contraindications and side effects of common medications

4 Record keeping

Writing and keeping notes, using electronic record keeping systems. Confidentiality.

5 Core skills

Monitoring blood pressure, making a bed, infection control, urinalysis, assisting with ADL's. Understanding prescriptions, calculating doses and administering medication and giving injections. Participating in handover and team meetings. Basic life support. Moving and handling techniques. Catheter care.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module is delivered through a combination of lectorials and practical skills sessions and in clinical practice. Students are encouraged to engage with the formative assessments which are aimed at enhancing skills in drug calculation.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 36
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 100

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.