The BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing Practice degree will lead to registration as a qualified nurse in mental health. You'll graduate ready to actively participate and engage with a cutting-edge workforce delivering caring, compassionate and restorative interventions to those experiencing mental distress and illness. As a critical thinker, you'll deliver effective and sincere person-centred care based upon a contemporary evidence-base, which will be administered and applied within a spectrum of clinical skills to include physical health monitoring and promotion, and interpersonal therapeutic skills to promote recovery and positive mental wellbeing.
You will be competent and confident in working with and supporting a ‘whole-systems’ approach in diverse settings, ensuring the mental wellbeing of families and carers with a relative experiencing mental distress. Partnership working with multi-professionals and services will ensure the very best care and outcomes for those experiencing mental illness.
We use various methods of teaching on the Mental Health Nursing Practice course including:
Assessment methods include written reports, essays, examinations, oral presentations, portfolios, clinical reflection diaries, competency logs, patient care plans, and case studies.
Develop the required skills for evidence-based practice. Gain insight into engagement with learning styles, teaching methods and the assessment process. Practise using source materials for the purpose of referencing and citation. Present work to a variety of audiences, for example, peers, academic staff, practice colleagues, and Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) participants.
Learn through a systems-based approach to anatomy and physiology, psychology and microbiology using patient journeys as illustrations to enhance learning. Explore human health and wellbeing in the context of public health and symptoms of disease. Learn to communicate complex medical terminology to both colleagues and patients in an understandable manner. Develop your understanding of the physiological processes, anatomical and cognitive structures of the human body. Explore overarching themes in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and neurology.
Explore the core skills of nursing and take a holistic view of the individual focusing on health promotion, comprehensive assessment and the application of evidence-based practice. Understand models of reflective practice to support professional development while building effective relationships with clients and others involved in the provision of healthcare. Focus on core elements that reflect the competence, professionalism and underpinning knowledge which characterise a high-quality nursing workforce. Gain psychomotor skills to perform essential nursing practice through interactive clinical sessions with PCPIs. Explore the consequences of negligence in a risk-free environment through simulated experience.
Apply theoretical components to clinical practice. Study models of reflective practice together with an overview of interprofessional working. Gain experience and insight into lived patient experience. Understand the importance of respecting an individual’s autonomy and right to make decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
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Develop an understanding of the key issues related to healthcare practice informed by the best available evidence to support shared decision making. Gain critical appraisal skills and debate how best available evidence can be integrated into healthcare practice and policy. Debate the ethical issues that underpin best practice including consent and risk management. Use a range of research methods and explore their merits and appropriate use. Explore the nature of clinical judgment and research integration.
Gain knowledge of major pathological and physiological changes in the human body, occurring as a result of common diseases and disease processes. Explore the manifestations, impacts and interventions of illness and disease. Build on your knowledge of physical and human sciences and explore altered pathological and physiological change. Use a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the impact of these changes and define the implications for nursing practice. Study co-morbidity and medico pharmaceutical treatments and modalities in order to enhance wellbeing and recovery, within the context of ethical and professional frameworks.
Develop knowledge and the application of nursing practice interventions to provide evidence-based, safe, and compassionate physical and psychological care. Effectively assess, plan and implement care and demonstrate a range of nursing interventions. Develop skills and knowledge to formulate a nursing plan of care and undertake observations and clinical interventions with less direct supervision.
Explore the evidence base of nursing practice and the range and hierarchy of evidence for particular healthcare issues. Select a particular area in your field of nursing and develop your ability to make informed use of published research and other sources of evidence to apply findings to enhance your practice. Enable your production of an independent, negotiated project that analyses an aspect of your discipline.
Develop your knowledge of self-awareness, improving healthcare and working with others. Gain an understanding of key leadership theories and models. Explore your application to healthcare and reflect on your personal strengths along with areas for development. Examine the role of service improvement techniques and consider roles and responsibilities of all professionals alongside the values of team work in interprofessional care. Explore carer and user perspectives in interprofessional care settings to illuminate personal experiences of interprofessional care. Study ethical issues in the context of interprofessional working to gain insight into challenges faced from a variety of viewpoints. Study the impact of information technology, healthcare informatics and issues in transcultural healthcare provision.
Develop your knowledge and application of nursing to practice within a range of clinical settings. Study care provision across the human lifespan including the health and wellbeing continuum. Learn biological, psychological and sociological theory in the context of person-centred care. Focus on individuals with complex health needs with emphasis on the concept of co-morbidity and the implications for care this entails. Explore pharmacological principles and concordance.