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Transition to psychiatric/mental health nursing programs : expectations and practical considerations

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by M Cleary, J Horsfall, Brenda Happell
Mental health services have developed transition programs to attract staff, including new graduates, staff with mental health nursing experience without formal qualifications, experienced nurses wishing to move into mental health, and nurses returning to the workforce. Transition to psychiatric/mental health programs are considered to be particularly significant in the mental health field because of the relative under-representation of mental health content in undergraduate curricula. Unfortunately, transition programs have received only minor attention in the literature and there is a paucity of published evaluations to determine their effectiveness. The aim of this paper is to examine transition programs and consider how they meet the expectations of stakeholders, such as consumersof mental health services, and program participants’ expectations. It is concluded that published systematic evaluations are lacking, particularly those considered from the perspective of stakeholders. Consideration of these expectations should be reflected in the design and delivery of mental health nursing transition programs.

History

Volume

18

Issue

4

Start Page

265

End Page

273

Number of Pages

9

ISSN

1445-8330

Location

Australia

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Central Sydney Area Mental Health Service; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International journal of mental health nursing.

Exports

CQUniversity

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