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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Mental Health Nursing 6
Module Code NS4018
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Liam MacGabhann
Semester 2: Liam MacGabhann
Autumn: Liam MacGabhann
Module TeachersLiam MacGabhann
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to enable students to develop a critical understanding of advances and trends in mental health service delivery, to collaborate with others in practice and service reform to provide evidence based and recovery focused care and develop their capacity for working therapeutically with mental health service users.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues and challenges for mental health nursing.
2. Discuss and critically appraise key components of evidence based approaches to mental healthcare/service delivery.
3. Explore the principal elements of strengths-based approaches to working with service users including psychosocial, solution-oriented, humanistic and cognitive behavioural methods.
4. Discuss the rationale for and implementation of group and family work in mental health care
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of strategies to develop self-awareness for professional mental health nursing practice.
6. Discuss the importance of life-long learning.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of mental health legislation.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Formal Delivery of content in the classroom
Lecture16Clinical skills
Group work8Small group reflection
Online activity8Elearning programme
Independent Study198Prescribed reading and self directed study
Total Workload: 250

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

Contemporary issues in mental health nursing
• The recovery movement • Legislation and social policy, trends and developments in national and international mental health service provision • Rights based mental health care • The service user movement • Health inequalities and their influences on mental health care and mental health care • The effectiveness of mental health nursing practice; audit and evidence based practice. • Ethical issues within the practice context • Trends in the development of mental health services, including specialist services/community care. • Cultural and gender influences in the experience, manifestation, understandings, treatment of mental health issues. • Management in mental health care contexts–interdisciplinary working, decision making and managing resources and workloads. Developing practice skills • Strengths-based orientation in mental health nursing practice • Specialist approaches to working with service users, solution-focused methods, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural methods, psychosocial interventions, group work and humanistic methods. • Working with families Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy

Personal and professional development
Exploration of personal and professional values. • Support seeking and support provision Exploration of personal and professional values. Clinical supervision and reflective practice.

Developing practice skills
Strengths-based orientation in mental health nursing practice • Specialist approaches to working with service users, solution-focused methods, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural methods, psychosocial interventions, group work and humanistic methods. • Working with families

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayStudents undertake essay on a topic relevant to contemporary mental health nursing practice50%Week 12
Practical/skills evaluationStudents assess their own performance in using therapeutic skills through role play and personal reflection 3,4 30 n/a Computerised test/exam Students undertake30%Week 12
Loop ExamStudents undertake an online learning programme20%Week 12
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

  • VIDEBECK, S.L.: 2009, Mental Health Nursing,, Woltrers Kluwer, London,
  • Gamble, C and Brennan, G.: 2006, Working With Serious Mental Illness.,, Elsevier, London,
  • Barker, P. (ed): 2003, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.The Craft of Caring.,��, Arnold, London,
  • Healy, D .: 2009, Psychiatric Drugs Explained, 5th Edtn Ed.,, Churchill Livingstone, London,
  • Higgins, A. and McDaid,: 2014, Mental Health in Ireland. Policy, Practice and Law, Gill and Macmillan, London,
  • Mental Health Commission: 2008, A Recovery Approach within the Irish Mental Health Services, MHC, Dublin,
  • Nelson-Jones, R..,: 2008, Basic Counselling Skills,, Sage, London,
  • Nelson-Jones, R.: 2010, Theory and Practice of Counselling and Therapy, 5th Edtn, Sage, London,
  • Stout, C.E. and Hayes, R.A. (eds): 2005, The evidence-based practice: Methods, models and tools for mental health professionals., John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey,
  • Repper J & Perkins R.: 2003, Social Inclusion and Recovery: A model for mental health practice, Bailliere Tindall, Edinburgh,
  • Hatcher, S., Butler, R and Oakley-Brown, M.: 2005, Evidence-based mental health care., Elsevier, Edinburgh,
  • Rolfe, G., Freshwater, D. and Jasper, M.: 2001, Critical reflection for nursing and the helping professions., Palgrave, Hampshire UK,
  • Health Research Board.: 2006, Family Support Study. A study of experiences, needs, and support requirements of families with enduring mental illness in Ireland., Health Research Board., Dublin,
  • Mental Health Commission.: 2005, A Vision for a Recovery Model in Irish Mental Health Services., Mental Health Commission., Dublin,
  • Mental Health Commission.: 2007, Happy Living Here…A Survey and Evaluation of Community Residential Mental Health Services in Ireland., Mental Health Commission., Dublin,
Other Resources

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