Short Course in Mental Health Nursing for Enrolled Nurses

The Short Course in Mental Health Nursing for Enrolled Nurses consists of three modules, namely Module 1 (Psychiatric Nursing Methods and Skills), Module 2 (Psychopathology) and Module 3 (Legal-Ethical and Theoretical Aspects of Mental Health Nursing).
Note that these modules do not need to be completed in any specific order.
Upon successful completion of all three modules, learners will receive a certificate of completion for the Short Course in Mental Health Nursing for Enrolled Nurses.

CPD:

Once SANC has ratified its CPD guidelines and opened applications, Vista Academy will apply to have the modules accredited for CPD points.

Module 1: Psychiatric Nursing Methods and Skills

Dates: TBC
Time: 07:00 – 16:00
Cost:  R4 360.00 per person (Lunch included)
Presented by: Tracy-Lee Lowes and Laetitia Kruger
Venue: Vista Clinic, 135 Gerhard Street, Centurion, Gauteng
Enquiries: Gerlu van der Merwe 012 664 0222 ext. 348 or booking@vistaacademy.co.za

About this module:

In this module the one-to-one therapeutic relationship with the mental health care user, supportive interviews, mental health education and therapeutic groups will be explored as professional resources mobilised by the mental health nurse in order to facilitate the promotion of mental health. These resources are psychiatric nursing methods that require certain skills and knowledge.

Module 1 Outline:

1.  Orientation to the module.
2. The therapeutic relationship:
a. Definition of a therapeutic relationship
b. Characteristics of a therapeutic relationship
c. Phases of a therapeutic relationship/supportive interview
d. Problem-solving process
e. Barriers to a therapeutic relationship
f. Conducting a therapeutic interview (practical component)
3.  Facilitative communication:
a. Therapeutic attitudes
b. Non-verbal facilitative communication skills
c. Verbal facilitative communication skills
4.  Crisis intervention:
a. Definition of concepts
b. Characteristics of a crisis
c. Risk factors for crisis development
d. Phases in crisis intervention
5.  Therapeutic groups:
a. Definition of therapeutic groups
b. Types of therapeutic groups
c. Therapeutic factors of groups
d. Group dynamics
e. Group roles
f. Group stages
g. Role of the therapist in creating and maintaining therapeutic groups
6.  Mental health education:
a. Assessment
b. Planning
c. Implementation
d. Evaluation
e. Designing a visual aid for mental health education (practical component)
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Module 2: Psychopathology

Dates: 26 – 30 August 2019
Time: 
07:00 – 16:00
Cost: 
R4 360.00 per person (Lunch included)
Presented by: 
Mariè Horn and Tracy-Lee Lowes
Venue: 
Vista Clinic, 135 Gerhard Street, Centurion, Gauteng
Enquiries: 
Gerlu van der Merwe 012 664 0222 ext. 348 or booking@vistaacademy.co.za
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About this module:

In this module, various aspects related to nursing and psychopathology will be covered. Diagnosis and classification of psychiatric disorders will be discussed, along with the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis and formulation/implementation of a nursing plan).

A number of psychiatric conditions will also be explored, such as mood disorders and suicide, anxiety disorders, cognitive disorders, and personality disorders, in order to facilitate the promotion of mental health.

Module 2 Outline:

1.Orientation to the module.
2. Diagnosing and classifying psychiatric disorders:
a. History of the DSM 5
b. Understanding the DSM 5
c. Implementing the DSM 5
3. Nursing process:
a. Assessment of the MHCU.
b. Formulating a nursing diagnosis.
c. Formulating and implementing a nursing care plan
4. Mood disorders and suicide:
a. Classification
b. Aetiology
c. Diagnosis
d. Pharmacology
e. Nursing care plan
5. Anxiety disorders:
a. Classification
b. Aetiology
c. Diagnosis
d. Pharmacology
e. Nursing care plan
6. Cognitive disorders:
a. Classification
b. Aetiology
c. Diagnosis
d. Pharmacology
e. Nursing care plan
7. Personality disorders:
a. Classification
b. Aetiology
c. Diagnosis
d. Pharmacology
e. Nursing care plan

Module 3: Ethical-Legal and Theoretical Aspects of Mental Health Nursing

Dates: 03 – 07 June 2019
and 15 – 19 July 2019 (repeat)
Time: 07:00 – 16:00
Cost:  R4 360.00 per person (Lunch included)
Presented by: Laetitia Kruger, Tracy-Lee Lowes and Mariè Horn
Venue: Vista Clinic, 135 Gerhard Street, Centurion, Gauteng
Enquiries: Gerlu van der Merwe 012 664 0222 ext. 348 or booking@vistaacademy.co.za

About this module:

The course is designed to provide the learner with basic knowledge and skill to function within the role of Enrolled Nurse in a Mental Health Care Clinic. Nursing, biomedical and psychological theories suggest strategies to empower the Enrolled Nurse to support the MHCU within the framework of his/her practice, described by the Nursing Act and ethical code of nursing.

Module 3 Outline:

Theme 1 – Mental health nursing theories
The professional practice of mental health nursing is influenced by a personal belief system. This belief system becomes a reality in the theories we use to guide our practice as nurses. This theme will attempt to indicate the relationship between the PHILOSOPHY (“I believe”), the THEORY (“I know”) and the PRACTICE (“I do”) of mental health nursing.

Outcomes:
Define the following concepts, indicate their relationship to each other and critically discuss:
– The philosophy of mental health nursing
– Theories in mental health nursing
– Mental health nursing practice
• Indicate the unique role of the mental health nurse within the inter-professional team with specific reference to the promotion, maintenance and restoration of mental health
• Explore your own prejudices and personal stumbling blocks in your personal growth and development of knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to mental health.
• Describe the structure and process of nursing theories with reference to:
– The central concepts
– Assumptions
• Present proof of application of nursing theory concepts in your practice

Theme 2 – Psychological and biomedical theoretical framework
The mental health nurse’s worldview and professional framework are shaped by certain nursing theories, biomedical and psychological theories. Many theories attempt to explain human behaviour, health and mental illness. This theme will suggest strategies that the mental health nurse can use to assist clients.

Outcomes:
• Apply the following theories
– The biomedical model
– Psycho-analysis
– Behaviourism
– Cognitive Therapy
– Client centred/non-directive approach by referring to:
o The people involved in developing these theories
o Their views of the person
o Their views on mental health and mental illness
o The role of the therapist and therapeutic interventions
• Differentiate between the different defence mechanisms.
• Describe traditional African cultural perspectives on health, illness and mental health.

Theme 3 – Legal aspects of mental health nursing
The Mental Health Care Act no. 17 of 2002 regulates mental health practice in South Africa. Other applicable acts and policies will also be considered. This theme will guide the mental health nurse to critically analyse governance excellence in her unit.

Outcomes:
• Critically discuss and correctly apply in practice the Mental Health Care Act no. 17 of 2002 with reference to:
– Rights and duties relating to MHCU
– Voluntary, assisted and involuntary Mental Health Care
– State patients
– Mentally ill prisoners
– Review Boards
– Care and administration of property of a mentally ill person or persons with severe or profound intellectual disability.
• Critically discuss and apply in practise the preconditions stipulated in the Mental Health Care Act no. 17 of 2002 with reference to:
– The use of seclusion or restraint.
– Limitation of intimate adult relationships
– Discharge reports.
– Exploitation and abuse
• Critically discuss the anti-stigma measures that are evident in the Mental Health Care Act, no. 17 of 2002.
• Critically discuss and integrate into the psychiatric nursing practice other relevant Acts.

Theme 4 – Ethical aspects of mental health nursing
In the field of mental health nursing, the nurse is continuously confronted with ethical dilemmas. This theme will identify the ethical theories and principles to consider in solving ethical dilemmas.

Outcomes:
• Identify, manage and make decisions about potential and real ethical dilemmas in your practise as a mental health nurse.
• Make decisions a model for ethical decision making about some of the most common ethical dilemmas in mental health nursing.
– The potential of stigmatising mental illnesses.
– The control over individual freedom.
– MHCU confidentiality and privacy.
– Informed consent.
– Balancing what is good for the individual and what is good for greater society.
• Describe the following dominant philosophical frameworks wherein ethical decisions are made:
– Deontology
– Utilitarism
– Christian approach

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