The activities that nurses working in community mental health perform: a geographical comparison

Happell, Brenda M., Gaskin, Cadeyrn J., Hoey, Wendy, Nizette, Debra and Veach, Kate 2013, The activities that nurses working in community mental health perform: a geographical comparison, Australian health review, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 453-457, doi: 10.1071/AH13045.

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Title The activities that nurses working in community mental health perform: a geographical comparison
Author(s) Happell, Brenda M.
Gaskin, Cadeyrn J.ORCID iD for Gaskin, Cadeyrn J.
Hoey, Wendy
Nizette, Debra
Veach, Kate
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 37
Issue number 4
Start page 453
End page 457
Total pages 5
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 0156-5788
Keyword(s) Australia
community mental health services
databases, factual
mental disorders
nursing process
professional practice location
Summary OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of the present study was to identify the activities that nurses in community mental health services undertake. METHOD: A dataset containing records of the community and ambulatory interventions involving the nursing staff of 252 mental health facilities was analysed. RESULTS: Nurses spend most of their time performing clinical care (78%), followed by clinical organisation (12%), mental health administration (6%) and integration activities (4%). There were minimal differences between treating units located in metropolitan, rural and remote areas in terms of the numbers of consumers receiving care, the time nurses spent with consumers, the types of nursing activities undertaken and the amounts of time spent on each of the four types of nursing activities. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that nurses in mental health community settings spend more time in clinical care than nurses in other healthcare settings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1071/AH13045
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1605 Policy And Administration
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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