What is Mental Health Nursing?
Mental Health Nurses offer a range of clinical interventions aimed at promoting the individual’s well-being, aiding them in their recovery from illness and enhancing their capacity to participate in community life. Interventions commonly undertaken include mental health assessments; case management; ongoing monitoring of the client’s mental state; well-being and treatment needs; delivery of treatment, therapy, advocacy, rehabilitation and support services in collaboration with other service providers. They play an important role in supervising and monitoring medications prescribed to clients.
Mental Health Nurses work in a variety of settings, including acute inpatient units, residential and non-residential rehabilitation programs, community-based teams including crisis intervention, emergency departments, the forensic system, training and education and the private sector, (Department of Human Services, 2002).
- 54 week program in collaboration with Monash University (further details provided below)
- Full time positions (5x days per week)
- Salary as per Victorian Public Mental Health Services Award
- Graduate specific orientation program
- Graduate study days
- Supernumerary time
- Mental Health Nurse Educators committed to the Graduates professional development
- Clinical support
- Annual leave pro-rata
- Minimal night duty
- Personal email account
- Access to library and skills lab
- Celebratory graduation ceremony upon completion of the Graduate Program
Graduates enrol in the Master of Nursing – Mental Health with Monash University, exiting at Graduate Certificate level upon completion of the program. The two, 12 credit point units are completed through course work with Monash University. Objectives for each area are set and need to be completed with the preceptor and/or Mental Health Nurse Educator. The requirements set by Monash University together with those of the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program must be successfully completed to graduate from Monash University. There are opportunities if you are interested in continuing to complete the Master of Nursing – Mental Health.
Graduates are encouraged to apply for scholarship support available only to Mildura Base Nursing staff and external scholarships i.e. Department of Health and Human Services.
Mildura Base Hospital offers a unique opportunity available only to Nursing and Midwifery staff, an internal scholarship program to support continuing professional development. Graduates are encouraged to apply for support through the internal program and external scholarships offered by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
Program Commencement Dates
Our Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program commences in February with one intake a year. There are 2 Registered Nurse positions available.
What Kind of Rotations Do We Offer?
Clinical practice is in an environment that is strongly focused on consumer sensitive and recovery focused practice where the consumer is part of the team. Rotations include:
- Acute Adult Inpatient (40 weeks)
- Community (12 weeks) - includes Case Management and Crisis Assessment
At the commencement of the Mental Health Graduate Nurse Program you will attend the graduate orientation program followed by supernumery time in the Acute Adult Inpatient Unit, alongside your preceptor. Additional supernumery time is provided at the commencement of each rotation to facilitate a comprehensive orientation to the new speciality.
Dedicated Mental Health Nurse Educators provide clinical support to nursing staff and to you during your graduate program.
Clinical Staff are supported in their role as a Preceptor through Preceptorship study days and monthly Preceptor Forums.
Throughout the year there are a further 8 paid study days in addition to the graduate orientation program.
A wide variety of educational activities are supported including:
- One hour tutorial sessions per fortnight on topics relevant to Mental Health
- Access to external education sessions and guest speakers
- Access to education sessions within the acute areas i.e. general medical
- Aggression Management training
- Mental Health Specific Competencies - M.S.E., Risk Assessment, Mental Health Act, Risk Assessment / Suicide Prevention