Overview:

In day to day life anyone can suffer from mental or emotional health problems which can arise due to various factors which are emerged because of life style, modernization and ends with poor mental health .It is important to recognize the challenges of individuals with mental illness for leading a normal life, inclusion in the job and maintaining interpersonal relationships. Mental health nurses are at the forefront of facilitating change, providing support and dealing with people of all ages with mental illness from a wide range of backgrounds. They need to have developed a sense of self and be able to meet the challenges in caring the patients with mental illness.

The department of mental health nursing provides an excellent standard of teaching with continuous support throughout the course, both in the theory and in clinical practice. Students are taught by experienced teachers who has worked in a wide variety of clinical specialties and education roles, Various Innovative teaching and learning methods were brought into practice for the students such as web based learning etc. To expertise more in clinical skills the methods like, interdisciplinary case discussion, inter professional learning and context based learning, problem based learning are practiced to equip the nurses with great divergent skills for global care. Students are also trained in community psychiatry nursing practice in which the group of students allotted in various schools to identify various mental health problems and referred for the further treatment. To enrich the specialized practice, Certificate course is been conducted by the department of Mental health Nursing on Guidance and counseling for Nursing students for their career development.

Faculty Members:

Dr. P. Subha Rani , HOD & Associate Professor

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Mrs.S.Sujithra. Assistant Professor

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 Mr. D. Alfred Solomon, Senior Tutor

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Mrs. R. Thephilah Cathrine , Tutor

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Ms. D. Arul Annuncia, Tutor

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Facilities

The department of mental health nursinghas well equipped and advanced lab and counselling room for students advancement in learning and practice the clinical skills which is essential for effective care, The lab is equipped with devices, various models and also the materials for Thematic Apperception Test, Rorschach Ink blot test, Wechsler’s intelligence test. This plays a major role in psychiatric nursing practice.  The department of mental health nursing organizes student counselling centre along with the clinical psychologist for the students who requires counselling due to various problems in academics.

Research:

Practice which has shown to be effective through research allows nurses to better advocate for patients and provides the best possible care. The department of mental healthnursing committed to research in key areas of mental health nursing, Faculty and students are actively involved in More than 50 research projects among that 20 (4 Scopus Indexed) research projects are been published in both national and international journals by the students and faculty. In that the study on art therapy which have done by the student on substance abuse is implemented in de addiction centres as it is more effective in reducing stress among the patients and highly appreciated as marked achievement of the department of mental health nursing.