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Australian mental health nurses' attitudes to role expansion

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by S Elsom, Brenda 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.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

45

Issue

2

Start Page

100

End Page

107

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

0031-5990

Location

United States

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Social Science Research; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); University of Melbourne;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Perspectives in psychiatric care.

Exports

CQUniversity

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