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The fabric of a career in mental health nursing from an Australian and UK perspective

Warelow, P., Edward, K.L., Hercelinskyj, G., Welch, T., Hemingway, Steve, McAndrew, S. and Stephenson, John (2012) The fabric of a career in mental health nursing from an Australian and UK perspective. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21 (S1). p. 27. ISSN 1445-8330

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      Abstract

      As the prevalence of mental illness increases globally, Australia and the
      United Kingdom (UK) share concerns regarding the recruitment and
      retention of nurses to the fi eld of mental health care. The level of preparedness
      of nurses is thought to have a bearing on recruitment and
      retention in mental health nursing practice. This study sought to
      uncover what Australian and UK undergraduate students perceived as
      motivational in choosing a career in, and being prepared for, working in
      mental health settings.
      METHOD This study employed mixed methods, using a questionnaire
      comprising of both quantitative and qualitative questions. Quantitative
      data was analysed using SPSS (V.16.0) and content analysis was undertaken
      for analysing the qualitative data.
      FINDINGS Following ethical approval, data was collected from, four
      universities in Australia and two in the UK. A total of 447 undergraduate
      nursing and midwifery students, who had completed a mental health
      placement, completed the questionnaire. Findings revealed that motivational
      factors infl uencing their interest in mental health nursing were
      clinical experience (49.7%), personal/life experiences (42.9%) and the
      role of the lecturer (23%). However, 47.7% of all participants had some
      previous experience of mental illness, with only 18.4% having had work
      experience in the fi eld prior to starting their course.
      IMPLICATIONS This study adds to extant knowledge of what encourages
      people to choose a career trajectory in mental health nursing and
      what could be harnessed with regard to retention. The knowledge
      gained from these fi ndings is useful in informing recruitment processes
      and can also inform curriculum.

      Item Type: Article
      Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
      R Medicine > RT Nursing
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
      School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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      Depositing User: Sara Taylor
      Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 11:25
      Last Modified: 22 Nov 2012 11:25
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/16136

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