The aim of this project is to improve the skills and knowledge of undergraduate nursing students in relation to mental health issues through the development and implementation of mental health curriculum in the undergraduate nursing degree.
The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) course at ECU prepares graduates to be registered with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia to practice as a comprehensive registered nurse. This three year full-time or equivalent part-time course comprises twenty four units of study: eighteen theory units, and six practicum units.
The mental health specific Unit: Mental Health Problems and Disorders was taught in Year Two, semester 1. The Unit consisted of nine, 2 hour lectures and nine, 2 hour tutorials. The assessment for the unit was a mid semester assignment and an end of year exam. The two week practicum (80 hours in total) was in year three, semester one.
The project was designed to achieve the aim through:
Professor Cobie Rudd
Mr David Buchanan