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Exploring the views of nurses on the cardiometabolic health nurse in mental health services

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Brenda Happell, Chris Platania-PhungChris Platania-Phung, Robert StantonRobert Stanton, F Millar
People with serious mental illness experience premature death due to higher rates of cardiometabolic conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes) than the general population. Mental health services often do not provide sufficient cardiometabolic clinical care to address these risks. The cardiometabolic health nurse (CHN) role has been suggested as a strategy for ensuring integrated care is provided and sustained. The views of nurses in mental health would be essential in informing the viability and development for this initiative. This paper presents the findings of open-ended comments from a cross-sectional online survey of nurses working in mental health in Australia (n = 643) eliciting views about the possible introduction of the cardiometabolic nurse. Thematic analysis was undertaken, of 133 open comments on this topic. The findings suggest that nurses see the specialist role as suitable and valuable for mental health services. Some nurses voiced concern about specialisation leading to fragmentation (e.g.in responsibilities for physical health, division of mental and physical health care, and less emphasis on equipping all nurses with comprehensive care skills), especially for settings where generalist nursing was seen as already available. The findings suggest this role is viewed favourably by nurses, provided that it is consistent with holistic and comprehensive care. Empirical research is needed to see whether this role increases holism (as valued by consumers and nurses) and cardiometabolic outcomes.

History

Volume

36

Issue

2

Start Page

135

End Page

144

Number of Pages

10

eISSN

1096-4673

ISSN

0161-2840

Location

United States

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Eastern Health (Melbourne, Victoria); School of Medical and Applied Sciences (2013- ); School of Nursing and Midwifery (2013- ); TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Issues in mental health nursing.

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