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NURS404 Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice

Advanced clinical practice in a mental health nursing context. Critique of practice and the application of research and theoretical principles to mental health nursing practice.

Paper title Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice
Paper code NURS404
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,903.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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NURS 403 or NURX 403
NURX 404
Limited to
MAdvNP, MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Students must have had at least two years' clinical experience in a mental health context.

Students are expected to have a minimum of two years' postgraduate clinical experience and be working in a clinical area where they can develop their advanced assessment skills (both physical and psychiatric).


Teaching staff

Professor Marie Crowe
Dr Dave Carlyle

Paper Structure
There are four workshops over the course of the paper. During the workshops there will be a mixture of small-group discussions, didactic teaching and experiential learning that involves applying theoretical principles to clinical situations.
Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

Four 2-day study workshops in Christchurch: attendance at all workshops is compulsory.

A list of readings will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Demonstrate advanced assessment and clinical formulation skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse what constitutes evidence for best practice
  • Demonstrate a creative approach to the delivery of mental health nursing care
  • Demonstrate expert practice working collaboratively across settings and within an interdisciplinary environment
  • Apply advanced-level clinical reasoning processes based on critical analysis of complex clinical situations
  • Show effective nursing leadership and an ability to lead change
  • Demonstrate an understanding of health/socio-economic policies and nursing practice at local and national levels
  • Show scholarly research inquiry into nursing practice in order to provide well-substantiated nursing care

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system