The education and training needs of qualified mental health nurses working in acute adult mental health services

Jones, Julie and Lowe, Trevor (2003) The education and training needs of qualified mental health nurses working in acute adult mental health services. Nurse Education Today, 23 (8). pp. 610-619. ISSN 0260-6917

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Abstract

This paper presents findings from a research study that investigated the education and training needs of qualified mental health nurses who work in acute adult mental health services in the UK. The study aimed to address a key knowledge ‘gap’ highlighted by recent Department of Health reports ( [Department of Health, 1999a], [Department of Health, 2001] and [Department of Health, 2002]) that suggest that little is known regarding the education and training expectations, priorities and needs of mental health nurses who work in acute adult mental health services. This study aimed to identify (i) what type of post-registration education and training mental health nurses working in acute settings need; (ii) how the nurses want education and training to be delivered; and (iii) what qualifications and accreditation the nurses want to receive? The research consisted of two methods: focus groups and a questionnaire survey. This paper reports on the findings from the questionnaire survey. The results of the survey demonstrate that there is a real need for post-registration education and training for this group of nurses; to equip them with the relevant knowledge and skills to nurse people in the acute phase of their mental illness in acute inpatient settings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental health nursing; Mental health nurses; Adult mental health services; Education; Training
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: ROD POW
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2012 11:54
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 10:31
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/149

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