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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Mental Health Nursing 2
Module Code NS107
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Selina Coghlan
Semester 2: Selina Coghlan
Autumn: Selina Coghlan
Module TeachersSiobhan Russell
Selina Coghlan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop an understanding of the theory and process of mental health nursing
2. Describe the key features of commonly experienced mental health problems
3. Display an understanding of the process of engaging with people who experience distress
4. Describe the work of mental health nurses and their role within the multidisciplinary team
5. Develop an understanding of therapeutic use of self

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture40Formal delivery of content in the classroom
Independent Study70Prescribed reading/writing and self-directed study
Laboratory7Practice of clinical skills through workshops and simulation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Theory and process of mental health nursing
History of mental health nursing. Core philosophies, theories, and frameworks of mental health nursing e.g Recovery, Peplau, Barker, Orem. The role and scope of mental health nursing. The nursing process in mental health nursing. Mental health nursing in current health care and interdisciplinary practice contexts.

The context of mental health nursing
Structure and organisation of mental health services. Legislative frameworks.

Key features of commonly experienced mental health problems
Prevalence, incidence and key symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and dementia/cognitive disorders. Introduction to treatment approaches in mental health. The personal experience of living with a mental health problem. The impact of mental health problems

Process of engaging with people who experience distress.
Introduction to practice of therapeutic engagement and intervention.

The therapeutic use of self
Transference, counter- transference, self-awareness and reflection.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment10% Examination Weight90%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationWith reference to a reflective cycle of your choosing- reflect on an experience which you have learned from while on your clinical placement.10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Evans, N. and Hannigan, B: 2016, Therapeutic Skills for Mental Health Nurses, Open University Press, London,
  • Gamble, C and Brennan, G.: 2006, Working With Serious Mental Illness, Elsevier,, Edinburgh,
  • Norman, I and Ryrie, I: 2013, The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing, 3rd, Open University Press, Berkshire,
  • Pryjmachuk, S: 2011, Mental health Nursing. An Evidence Based Introduction., Sage, London,
  • Videbeck, S.L: 2017, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, 7th, Woltrers Kluwer, London,
  • American Psychiatric Association: 2013, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5, American Psychiatric Association., Arlington.,
  • Department of Health and Children: 2006, A Vision for Change: Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy, Government Publications Office, Dublin,
  • World Health Organisation: 0, International Classification of Diseases 10, World Health Organisation., Geneva,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BNPYBSc in Nursing (Mental Health)

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