Mental Health Nursing Practice 3


This is the final practice maudlin the programme. By the of the module the student should be practising at the level expected of a newly qualified registrant.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with opportunities to consolidate learning to date by developing areas of strength and through addressing areas for development.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Apply knowledge and principles of mental health nursing to demonstrate the ability to practice confidently to ensure patient safety

2.  Apply knowledge and principles of mental health nursing and therapeutic interventions to provide effective care at the standard required of a registrant

3.  Demonstrate the development of interpersonal skills required to work collaboratively with patients, negotiating boundaries and areas of conflict

4.  Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of legislative frameworks that affect mental health care, and the ability to apply these whilst retaining patient dignity

5.  Demonstrate the ability to organise and manage self and other team members displaying leadership and mentoring qualities where appropriate

6.  Demonstrate the ability to identify strengths and learning needs, developing plans to build on strengths or improve on areas of need through reflection and clinical supervision

Indicative Content

1 Patient safety

Holistic assessment; risk assessment; responding to deterioration in physical/mental health including dehydration and malnutrition; clear record keeping; communication within MDT; referring to other professionals; lone worker policy; maintain safety of self, staff and patients; stress management; emotional work; infection control; safe disposal of medical equipment; medicine administration and management; support and monitoring of nutrition and fluid intake; reporting drug errors

2 Effective practice

Apply evidence based interventions; holistic assessment; collaborative care planning; process and outcome evaluation of interventions; positive risk taking; health promotion; brief interventions; motivational interviewing; use of MUST and other assessment of nutritional status;

3 Interpersonal skills

Recognising barriers to effective relationships; negotiating conflict; boundaries; challenges of collaborative working; counselling skills; impact of own subjectivity on interpersonal relationships; emotional intelligence. Dealing with complaints and concerns

4 Legislative frameworks and ethical practice

Equalities legislation; Mental Health Act; Human Rights; local policies; maintaining dignity; protecting patient rights; advocacy; advance statements;child protection; protection of vulnerable adults; whistle blowing; limitations of confidentiality; consent; data protection; patient autonomy; capacity and consent

5 Leadership and management

Managing the team and organising care and care delivery. Effective time management; contribution to developments within the team; consultation and change; teaching others; supporting and mentoring; leading activities; prioritisation; autonomous and collaborative decision making. Responding to and managing the unexpected.

6 Reflective practice

Clinical supervision; lifelong learning; reflection on practice; reflection in practice; learning contracts; identification of learning needs; identification of strengths; identification of limitations;

7 Clinical skills

Moving and handling, fire safety, basic life support, medication administration including injection techniques, the administration of controlled drugs, emergency tranquillisation, drug calculations, assessment and management of wounds, managing anaphylaxis and seizure. Infection control. Managing personal safety. Handover, ward rounds and team meetings. Shift planning and effective use of resources. Mental health observations

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The majority of learning in this module takes place in the practice learning environment. Here the student learns through a mentoring relationship with qualified staff, and the ability to develop their mental health nursing practice under supervision. At this level of study, the student is expected to work with confidence and a level of autonomy commensurate with their level of competence as judged by the mentor/supporting clinical staff. Theoretical underpinning of practice is developed in the theoretical modules throughout the programme, and the links between theory and practice are made explicit during the module. In the University, nursing skills are taught using simulated and skills based teaching involving groupwork, role play, and learning through modelling of practical skills.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 300
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 46
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 20
Independent 210

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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.