BACKGROUND: The current number of nurses
entering into mental health remains consistently low,
while the number of Australians requiring mental
health services increases. This paper explores how an
innovative clinical placement affects Bachelor of
Nursing (BN) student’s motivation toward mental
AIM: The research aimed to gain insight into how an
innovative clinical placement based on personal
recovery can influence the self-determined responses
of future registered nurses.
DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: This research was
grounded in self-determination theory; chosen due to
its extensive application in professional development
settings to gain insight into human behaviour. Selfdetermination
theory enabled identification of BN
student’s key psychological needs and individual
motivation toward working with people living with a
mental illness. Using a quantitative, quasi-experimental
design, two questionnaires (Basic Need Satisfaction
and Motivation Scale) were administered pre and post
clinical placement to twenty BN students.
OUTCOMES: This research has provided insight into
how clinical placements can influence the desire and
motivation toward the future career intentions of
undergraduate nursing students.
IMPLICATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
NURSING: Providing conducive clinical placement
environments where BN students can learn through
participation in a safe and supportive atmosphere, can
significantly reduce the stigma, break down the
communication barriers, and promote an understanding
of mental health recovery.