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Lived-experience participation in nurse education : reducing stigma and enhancing popularity
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Brenda Happell, Louise ByrneLouise Byrne, Chris Platania-PhungChris Platania-Phung, Scott HarrisScott Harris, Julie BradshawJulie Bradshaw, Jonathan DaviesJonathan Davies
Mental health nursing consistently emerges as less popular than other specialties, and both service users and mental health practitioners are affected by negative attitudes. Education is fundamental to attracting students to the field of mental health nursing. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of undergraduate mental health curricula on student attitudes to people with mental illness, and career interest in mental health nursing. A traditional mental health course was compared to a course delivered by a person with lived experience of mental illness (and mental healthservice use) for its impact on student attitudes and career intentions in mental health nursing (cohort1: n = 70, cohort 2: n = 131, respectively). In both cohorts, attitudes were measured via self-report, before and after the course, and changes were investigated through within-subjects t-tests. The lived experience-led course demonstrated statistically-significant positive changes in intentions to pursue mental health nursing and a decrease in negative stereotypes, which were not observed in the traditional course. The valuable contribution of mental health nursing emerged in the traditional, but not lived-experience-led, programmes. These findings support the value of an academic with lived experience of mental health challenges in promoting attraction to mental health nursing as a career option.
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External Author AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery (2013- ); TBA Research Institute;