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Mental health content of comprehensive pre-registration nursing curricula in Australia

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by T McCann, Lorna Moxham, K Usher, P Crookes, G Farrell
In 2008 the final report of the Mental Health Nurse Education Taskforce (MHNET) was released. This paper presents the findings of the report’s survey into the mental health content of generic pre-registration nursing curricula in Australia. A questionnaire was sent to all nursing schools providing pre-registration curricula. Results indicate curricula contained a wide range of mental health theory and clinical hours. While the majority of universities incorporated most of the 20 key topics recommended by the MHNET in their courses, few addressed issues such as Indigenous mental health. There was considerable competition for placements between universities, and concern about the quality of some placements. Nurse academics with formal qualifications in mental health and specialist clinical mental health nurses were mainly involved in teaching theory. Specialist mental health clinicians and clinical educators were the key groups engaged in students’ clinical education, and preceptorship was the most common form of clinical supervision. Consumers and carers had limited involvement in the development or provision of mental health content of pre-registration curricula. Greater attention is needed to increasing the mental health content in pre-registration curricula. Furthermore, initiatives should be developed to increase access to clinical placements and reduce competition for places between universities

Funding

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

History

Volume

14

Issue

6

Start Page

519

End Page

530

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

1744-988X

ISSN

1744-9871

Location

UK

Publisher

SAGE

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); James Cook University; La Trobe University; University of Wollongong; Victoria University (Melbourne, Vic.);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of research in nursing.

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