Module NMA-2202:
Developing MH Nursing Prac (B)

Module Facts

Run by School of Health Sciences

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Mr Andrew Walker

Overall aims and purpose

Within this module the student will develop and build upon the skills required by the mental health nurse for effective interaction with and the care of individuals throughout the lifespan. The skills and knowledge that the mental health nursing student will acquire will prepare the student to provide nursing care and also to work in partnership with individuals and their family. This module will build upon the knowledge gained in the previous field module and examine the core functions of the mental health nurse in assessment, health care delivery and the promotion of health, well-being and recovery.

Course content

• Socially inclusive practise. • Recognising one’s own values and beliefs and potential impact upon communication with others. • Understanding values and treatment preferences • Informed choice • Challenging assumptions and oppression which surround different groups. • Recognising and responding appropriately to communication difficulties/differences • Language and cultural competence awareness and application to practice across the lifespan. • Engaging with, supporting and responding effectively to people experiencing mental distress – preferred choices and technologies to support patient-centred care which enhance quality and safety. • Recovery-focused approach including opportunities for employment, productive occupation, education, training, leisure and recovery capital. • Principles of care planning – using the evidence base. • Systematic nursing assessments and frameworks including risk assessment which include physical, social, cultural, psychological, spiritual, genetic and environmental assessment factors. • Psychometric assessment tools. • Clinical observation. • Responding positively and proactively to people who are at risk of suicide and self-harm. • Conflict resolution and de-escalation. • Support and therapeutic interventions for people across the lifespan experiencing acute and critical mental health problems. • Bio-psychosocial interventions. • Evidence based psychological and psychosocial individual and group interventions. • Recognising and interpreting signs of normal and deteriorating mental and physical health. • Early intervention • Systemic approaches to mental health care - key aspects of working with families, children and young people • Working with people hearing voices. • Changing health needs during different life stages including progressive illness and death. • Loss and bereavement. • Safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children. • Essential first aid and incident management • Inter-professional/multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working and professional boundaries • Theories and models of health promotion and health education • The promotion of mental health for all and preventing mental health problems in at-risk groups. • Promoting public health principles, priorities and practice working to improve health and well-being. • Service user and carer involvement and therapeutic engagement, balancing the need for safety with positive risk-taking. • Non- expert positions. • Working with the individual who has experienced abuse and trauma. • Recognising and meeting the needs of the older person. • Working with challenging behaviour. • Psychopharmacology, numeracy and medicines management

Assessment Criteria


Understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of D- grade in the assignment to in order to pass the theory component of the module.


Good understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade C- in the Grading Criteria


Excellent understanding of the facts and principles specific to the topics covered in this module, with an ability to apply what is learnt in healthcare practice. This equates to a minimum mark of Grade A- in the Grading Criteria.

Learning outcomes

    1. Discuss mental health nursing in different contexts, taking into account culture, diversity, individual and group differences
    1. Discuss and apply appropriate models and or frameworks of health and wellbeing in the context of mental health practice
    1. Apply appropriate theories of communication across the practice setting to build professional and therapeutic relationships
    1. Discuss and demonstrate the application of the knowledge and skills required for safe, compassionate and effective nursing practice
    1. Demonstrate the numerical skills and ability to perform drug calculations for safe administration of medicines

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Assignment 100
Portfolio R o A 0

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Lecture or Seminar

Individual Project

E- learning and online discussion

Group Project

Evidence /problem based learning

Private study

Private or directed study

Practical classes and workshops

Practical or Skills based learning


Clinical Placement


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others