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Mental health triage nursing : an Australian perspective

Sands, N. 2004, Mental health triage nursing : an Australian perspective, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 150-155, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2003.00697.x.

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Title Mental health triage nursing : an Australian perspective
Author(s) Sands, N.
Journal name Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing
Volume number 11
Issue number 2
Start page 150
End page 155
Publisher Wiley Interscience
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2004-04
ISSN 1351-0126
1365-2850
Summary This paper presents the findings of a doctoral research project that involved a state-wide investigation into mental health triage nursing in Victoria, Australia. Mental health triage is a specialized domain of nursing practice that has emerged within the context of wider mental health reform in the State. The overall aim of the study was to produce a comprehensive definition and description of psychiatric triage nursing in Victoria. Methodological triangulation was used in the design of the study to enable the use of both survey (n = 139) and semi-structured interview (n = 21) data collection methods. Mental health triage nursing was found to be a complex, stressful role that involves high levels of responsibility, clinical decision making, and multiple role functions, many of which overlap into areas of practice previously the exclusive domain of medicine, such as assessment, diagnosis, and referral. The paper raises discussion on contemporary professional issues of concern to mental health triage nursing, and concludes with recommendations for the future development of the discipline.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2003.00697.x
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022070

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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