Interpersonal Mental Health Nursing (NURS5065)


The foundation of effective mental health nursing care is the development of a therapeutic relationship with consumers and their family/carers. This unit focuses on the theoretical basis and philosophical frameworks for mental health nursing practice, and aims to further develop the communication and interpersonal skills required for building and maintaining an effective nurse/client relationship. Students will explore the personal and professional qualities of effective mental health nurses, and through practical learning experiences will extend their skills in building and sustaining effective nurse/client relationships. Students will also be required to submit a portfolio of practice as part of their assessment.

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four intensive, on-campus study days


written work (20%), essay (45%) and portfolio (35%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.