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The activities that nurses working in community mental health perform : a geographical comparison

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Brenda Happell, Cadeyrn Gaskin, W Hoey, D Nizette, K Veach
Objective: The primary aim of the present study was to identify the activities that nurses in community mental health services undertake. Method: A dataset containing records of the community and ambulatory interventions involving the nursing staff of 252 mental health facilities was analysed. Results: Nurses spend most of their time performing clinical care (78%), followed by clinical organisation (12%), mental health administration (6%) and integration activities (4%). There were minimal differences between treating units located in metropolitan, rural and remote areas in terms of the numbers of consumers receiving care, the time nurses spent with consumers, the types of nursing activities undertaken and the amounts of time spent on each of the four types of nursing activities. Conclusions: These findings suggest that nurses in mental health community settings spend more time in clinical care than nurses in other healthcare settings.

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Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

37

Issue

4

Start Page

453

End Page

457

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

1449-8944

ISSN

0156-5788

Location

Australia

Publisher

CSIRO Publishing

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Central Queensland Mental Health Services; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); Nursing and Midwifery Office;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Australian health review.

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