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Mental health lived experience academics in tertiary education : the views of nurse academics

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Brenda Happell, D Wynaden, J Tohotoa, Chris Platania-Phung, Louise Byrne, G Martin, Scott Harris
Background: Australian national mental health strategy emphasises inclusion of people diagnosed with mental illness in all areas of mental health care, policy development and education of health professionals. However, the way this inclusion has translated to Australian universities is relatively unexplored. Objectives: Explore views of nurse academics regarding service user involvement in nursing education programmes. Design: Qualitative exploratory. Settings: Australian universities offering educational programmes in nursing at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Participants: Thirty four participants from 27 Australian universities participated. Methods: Data were collected using semi-structured telephone interviews with academics involved in teaching and/or coordinating undergraduate and/or postgraduate mental health nursing contents. Data were analysed using content analysis based on four cognitive processes: comprehending, synthesising, theorising and recontextualising data. Results: Four major themes emerged: good idea? longway to go; conceptualising the service user academic role; strengths of lived experience led student learning; and barriers to implementation. Conclusions: Findings indicated strong support for including mental health service users in teaching nursing students. However, at most universities service user engagement was often an informal arrangement, lacking clear guidelines and limited by financial barriers and the positioning of mental health nursing within curricula.

History

Volume

35

Issue

1

Start Page

113

End Page

117

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

1532-2793

ISSN

0260-6917

Location

UK

Publisher

Churchill Livingstone

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Curtin University; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); School of Nursing and Midwifery (2013- ); University of Queensland;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Nurse education today.

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