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Australian mental health nurses' attitudes to role expansion

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posted on 2024-06-03, 22:59 authored by S Elsom, B Happell, E Manias
PURPOSE: This study examined the attitudes of Australian community mental health nurses toward role expansion. DESIGN AND METHODS: This study used an exploratory descriptive design. An anonymous questionnaire was completed by 154 community mental health nurses in metropolitan and rural areas to explore their attitudes to expanded practice. FINDINGS: Nurses demonstrated an overwhelmingly positive attitude toward expanded practice and considered all stakeholders, particularly consumers, would be the beneficiaries if nurses were legally able to undertake tasks such as prescribing medication. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: As a large proportion of the specialist mental health workforce, mental health nurses comprise a largely underutilized resource. With consumers identified as the primary beneficiaries of expanded practice, it is likely that nurses' motivation to pursue expanded practice roles will assist in the provision of improved mental health care.

History

Journal

Perspectives in psychiatric care

Volume

45

Pagination

100-107

Location

Hoboken, N.J.

ISSN

0031-5990

eISSN

1744-6163

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Wiley

Issue

2

Publisher

Wiley