Majors in mental health nursing: issues of sustainability and commitment

Happell, Brenda, McAllister, Margaret and Gaskin, Cadeyrn J. 2015, Majors in mental health nursing: issues of sustainability and commitment, Perspectives in psychiatric care, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 28-35, doi: 10.1111/ppc.12063.

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Title Majors in mental health nursing: issues of sustainability and commitment
Author(s) Happell, Brenda
McAllister, Margaret
Gaskin, Cadeyrn J.ORCID iD for Gaskin, Cadeyrn J.
Journal name Perspectives in psychiatric care
Volume number 51
Issue number 1
Start page 28
End page 35
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015-01
ISSN 1744-6163
Keyword(s) Comprehensive education
major in mental health nursing
undergraduate education
workforce issue
Summary PURPOSE: Major streams in mental health nursing in undergraduate nursing programs were introduced in Australia as a strategy to address current and projected workforce shortages. Of the 14 programs originally planned or implemented, only five are continuing. DESIGN AND METHODS: A qualitative exploratory study was conducted involving in-depth interviews with representatives of universities that had ceased the major streams or abandoned plans to introduce them. FINDINGS: Significant themes from interview material on abandoned programs were efficient use of resources, expertise, and problems with registration. On the programs now terminated significant themes were viability and commitment to mental health nursing. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: These findings suggest demonstrable and sustainable commitment to mental health nursing is a precursor to success of major streams and advancement of the mental health nursing specialty.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ppc.12063
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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