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Transition to mental health nursing through specialist graduate nurse programs in mental health : a review of the literature
journal contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by K Gough, Brenda Happell, R Charleston, R Ryan
Specialist graduate nurse programs (GNPs) in psychiatric/mental health nursing have been widely implemented across public healthcare services throughout Victoria, Australia. Broadly, these programs aim to assist newly graduated nurses during the transition from nursing student to registered nurse. This paper presents a review of the literature relevant to GNPs; specifically focusing on graduate transition. An adequate orientation to clinical areas and ongoing support throughout the transition process were identified as significant determinants of new graduates" satisfaction with the initial post- qualification period. However, the literature suggests that the inadequacy of psychiatric/mental health nursing content in undergraduate nursing courses creates additional difficulties within this specialty area of practice. Moreover, the current literature review emphasises the need for further research to evaluate the effectiveness of GNPs for nursing in general and for psychiatric/mental health nursing in particular.