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Psychiatric nurses and undergraduate nursing students' perceptions of preceptorship in the mental health setting

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by R Charleston, Brenda Happell
The importance of clinical education for nursing is widely acknowledged and considerable effort has been invested into identifYing the most effective models. Psychiatric nursing has the additional imperative of increasing recruitment into the field. While clinical experience has been found to influence nursing students'attitudes towards psychiatric nursing and people experiencing a mental illness, little attention has been paid towards the factors that influence these outcomes. This study addresses the question, what is the experience of preceptorship for mental health nurses and undergraduate nursing students' in the mental health setting? Anexamination of the interactions within this model and the development of a substantive theory are facilitated by utilising the qualitative methodological approach, grounded theory. Findings indicate that psychiatric nurse preceptors seek to accomplish connectedness in the preceptorship relationship, through overcoming fear and other misconceptions. In addition, a number of factors emerged wherecommonality exists between the experiences of mental health nurse preceptors and the nursing students. These included the need to manage the reconciling of difference between general acute health and mental health settings, the challenge for both groups to address student fear and preconceived ideas of mental illness and the need ofpreceptors to 'protect' the students.

History

Volume

10

Issue

3

Start Page

1166

End Page

1178

Number of Pages

13

ISSN

0968-0624

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice,;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International journal of psychiatric nursing research.