NURS20158 Clinical Foundations for Practice

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Assessment 2: Task Description

Assessment 2:

Type: Critical Analysis and Reflection

Weighting: 50%

Length: 2,500 words (+/- 10%)

Aim

According to the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) (2010): "a mental health nurse is a registered nurse who holds a recognised specialist qualification in mental health [nursing]. Taking a holistic approach, guided by evidence, the mental health nurse works in collaboration with people who have mental health issues, their family and community, towards recovery as defined by the individual" (p.5).

The scope of practice of a health professional refers to "the range of experience, work practices and activities undertaken by health professionals, according to the:

  • the competence of the health professionals (including attitudes, behaviours, capabilities, knowledge, and skills)
  • the education, training, and ongoing professional development of the health professional
  • regulatory authorities and health-related legislation overseeing the health professionals" (ACMHN, 2013, p.9).

The scope of practice of mental health nurses is necessarily broad. Even so, mental health nurses share many commonalities in their practice.

Assessment 2 allows you to develop your understanding of the scope of practice of mental health nurses and critically reflect on what this means for your practice as a mental health nurse.

Instructions

Assessment 2 requires you to write a paper. This written paper comprises two parts. The first part requires you to analyse a range of academic and professional sources, including the ACMHN Standards of Practice (2010) and Scope of Practice (2013), related to the work of mental health nurses in delivering ethical, culturally safe, recovery-oriented, and evidence-based care to diverse consumers, their families or carers, and the community.

The second part of the paper is a critical reflection on your practice as a registered nurse working in a mental health setting. You will also identify areas in need of your professional and practice development.

Task

  • 1Introduce your paper, providing an outline of the content. This introduction must include an outline of the structure of the paper (i.e., the paper comprises two parts) and the aims of each part of the paper. NOTE: It is sometimes easier to write the introduction to your paper after you have completed it. (100 words)
  • 2For Part 1 of the paper, you are to critique the work and scope of practice of mental health nurses, including the following:
    • Examine the work of mental health nurses in delivering ethical, culturally safe, recovery-oriented, and evidence-based care to diverse consumers, their families or carers, and the community by answering the following questions:
      • What does it mean for mental health nurses to deliver ethical, culturally safe, recovery-oriented, and evidence-based care to diverse consumers, their families or carers, and the community? (300 words)
      • Comparing and contrasting the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Standards of Practice (2010) and the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (2013), what differentiates the work of mental health nurses from other mental health professionals? Why is this distinctiveness important? (400 words)
      • What examples are there in professional sources or the academic literature that highlight the distinctive work of mental health nurses? (300 words)
    • Using the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Scope of Practice (2013) and other academic and professional sources, appraise the scope of practice of mental health nurses as active multidisciplinary team members who build therapeutic relationships, conduct assessments, co-develop recovery planning, support a range of evidence-based interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of the outcomes achieved. Include answers to the following questions:
      • What is the scope of practice of mental health nurses? (300 words)
      • What special characteristics do mental health nurses bring to the processes of building therapeutic relationships, conducting assessments, co-developing recovery planning, and supporting a range of evidence-based interventions? (250 words)
      • How can mental health nurses evaluate the effectiveness of the outcomes they help to achieve? (150 words)
  • 3For Part 2 of the paper, you are to identify examples in your practice and critically reflect on your practice as a mental health nurse, including:
    • Identify and describe at least one practice scenario that demonstrates your distinctive work as a mental health nurse. Place the practice scenario(s) in a text box(es) and refer to the scenario(s) in the body of your paper (The word count for scenarios is not included in the overall appropriate word count. Recommended appropriate word count for each scenario < 100 words)
    • Critically reflect on each of your scenario(s) through the lens of the scope of practice of a mental health nurse by answering the following questions:
      • How was your work different from those of other members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT)? (100 words)
      • What did you do well? What areas of your practice need development? (100 words)
      • How did you evaluate the effectiveness of your work? (100 words)
    • Develop and justify two (2) SMART goals to support your professional/practice development (300 words). SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. There are a number of resources and examples on the Internet for developing SMART Goals.
      For example, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (n.d.). Setting Goals and Developing Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound Objectives.
    • Provide a conclusion to your paper that includes at least one crucial lesson gained from this assessment (100 words).

Note Carefully

If you do not pass this assessment item, you may have an opportunity to re-attempt. For teaching staff to allow a re-attempt, they must be satisfied that you have made a reasonable attempt in the assessment item. If a re-attempt is offered, you will have only 7 consecutive days to resubmit your assessment item and you can only receive a maximum of 50% of the available marks if your attempt meets the marking criteria. If your reattempt does not meet the marking criteria, you will retain your original mark. Only one reattempt will be allowed.

Literature and references

In this assessment, use at least 10 contemporary references. You may also use seminal scholarly literature where relevant. Suitable references include peer-reviewed journal articles as well as textbooks and credible websites. When sourcing information, consider the 5 elements of a quality reference: currency, authority, relevance, objectivity, and coverage. Grey literature sourced from the internet must be from the websites of reputable organisations such as governments, universities, or peak national bodies: e.g., the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, national and state-level Departments of Health.

Requirements

  • Use a conventional and legible size 12 font, such as Times New Roman or Arial, with 1.5 line spacing and 2.54 cm page margins (standard pre-set margin in Microsoft Word).
  • Include page numbers on each page in a footer.
  • You may write in the first-person perspective for Part Two of the task. You must write in the third-person perspective for Part 1.
  • Use formal academic language.
  • Use the seventh edition American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style. The CQUniversity Academic Learning Centre has an online APA Referencing Style Guide.
  • The word count excludes the reference list but includes in-text references and direct quotations.

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