Short Course in Mental Health Nursing for Registered Nurses | Module 3: Ethical-Legal & Theoretical Aspects of Mental Health Nursing
Date: 24 – 28 February 2020
Time: 07:00 – 16:00
Venue: Baobab Room, Vista Clinic, 135 Gerhard Street, Centurion
CPD points: The content of this workshop is presented in line with SANC’s proposed CPD guidelines. Once SANC has ratified its CPD guidelines and opened applications, Vista Academy will apply to have all workshops and short courses accredited for CPD points.
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NB: Should delegates wish to attend only certain themes/days, they may contact us to make a special booking arrangement. A certificate will be received for each day attended.
|THEME 1 (DAY 1)
THEORETICAL ASPECTS OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
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.
- 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
- Present proof of application of nursing theory concepts in your practice
|THEME 2 (DAY 2)
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL THEORIES
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.
- Apply the following theories
- The biomedical model
- Cognitive Therapy
- Client centred/non-directive approach by referring to:
- The people involved in developing these theories
- Their views of the person
- Their views on mental health and mental illness
- 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 (DAY 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.
- Critically discuss and correctly apply in practise 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 practice 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 practise other relevant Acts.
|THEME 4 (DAY 4 & DAY 5)
ETHICAL ASPECTS OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Within a professional context ethics is about the behaviour and actions that are viewed as wrong or right within a professional framework. The ethical code of a profession is the principles that guide the practitioner’s behaviour. 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.
- 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:
- Christian approach