The course introduces the student to some of the specialist knowledge that is required in mental health nursing, including theories and frameworks of care and how they can be utilized in the provision of care.
Roles and responsibilities of the nurse in this specialist area, the importance of practising within scope of practice, adhering to ethical and legal principles when working with clients experiencing mental health related problems will be emphasized. Culture and the spiritual aspect of the client and how they impact the client’ health status will be examined together with contemporary and alternate approaches to aid the recovering client. Furthermore students will learn about the importance of taking care of oneself
This course builds upon and extends the student’s knowledge and skills in carrying out mental health assessments and planning of nursing mangement for the different mental health needs of the client. Therapeutic approaches in mental health care will be explored and students will be introduced to basic counselling skills and the use of motivational interview for clients suffering from mental health problems/disorders.
This course is designed to provide students with information to develop their understanding on the management of mental health care in the Fiji context. Particular focus will be on the evolution of mental health care, practice and treatment, Psychosocial Assessment and major mental health disorders affecting people across the life span such as Neurotic disorders, Psychosis, Mood disorders, Personality, Substance Related disorder and Cognitive disorders. Ethico - legal issues, Psychiatric crisis/ emergency intervention and continuum of mental health care in the primary setting will also be addressed. Advanced communication skills, psychopharmacology and therapeutic mental health intervention for the individuals, families and communities in the Fiji context will be strengthened. Using an ADOPIE approach the results of Mental Health examination is utilized to formulate nursing diagnosis and management of mental health disorders. In addition, the students will further be assessed on their competencies for Mental Health Examination and History taking in NUR 723.
This course focuses on the nursing management of chronic diseases such as those that are included in the NCD classification. Such disease as Diabetes, Hypertension, Respiratory disorders, Cardiac diseases and Mental Health are presented as vehicles for the student to apply the principles of Chronic Care Model of nursing in Primary Health Care. The student is expected to know and be able to apply the 6 phases of the chronic care model which would be practiced in the clinical rotation in the next semester. The student will explore the bio-psychosocial aspects of the target diseases, their major risk factors, the complication of disease and their impact on the socioeconomic status of a community. Furthermore, students will learn the different strategies used to prevent NCD and promote wellness in the community.
This course is designed to help student in acquiring nursing knowledge and skills that will enable them to promote health and prevent illness at the primary health care level. Students will learn the importance of statistical data in health planning, the dissemination of health services. and disease trend. Furthermore, they will learn about the emerging and re-emerging communicable diseases in the region, chain of transmission, legal issues pertaining to these diseases and the nursing roles in the controlling of these diseases. The utilization of health promotion strategies will be discussed and explored in the control of both the communicable and noncommuncable disease in the region. Also integrated in the course are two components of Primary Health Care which are Expanded Immunization (EPI)and School Health of which the students will learn how to assess a school aged child, how to give immunization and store vaccines.