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Skills, knowledge, and attitudes expected of a newly-graduated mental health nurse in an inpatient setting

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Mental health nurses (MHN) are at the forefront of care and treatment within acute inpatient settings. Research suggests that newly-graduated MHN are unsure about the skills and knowledge that they are expected to possess, and are expected to practice at a level that they are not prepared for in their undergraduate courses; however, research focusing on competencies for newly-graduated MHN is scarce. This study aimed to identify competencies expected of newly-graduated MHN working in a regional mental health facility in New South Wales, Australia. Eight registered nurses (with varying levels of experience) participated in individual semistructured interviews. Four themes were identified, and termed: communication, safety, self-awareness, and treatment. Within these four themes, 14 competencies were described that detail clear aims for new graduates, provide a better understanding of mental health nursing, and promote specialized and competent practice in mental health.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Patterson, C., Curtis, J. & Reid, A. (2008). Skills, knowledge, and attitudes expected of a newly-graduated mental health nurse in an inpatient setting. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 17 (6), 410-418.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-55049129294

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1709

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 410

End Page


  • 418

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 6

Abstract


  • Mental health nurses (MHN) are at the forefront of care and treatment within acute inpatient settings. Research suggests that newly-graduated MHN are unsure about the skills and knowledge that they are expected to possess, and are expected to practice at a level that they are not prepared for in their undergraduate courses; however, research focusing on competencies for newly-graduated MHN is scarce. This study aimed to identify competencies expected of newly-graduated MHN working in a regional mental health facility in New South Wales, Australia. Eight registered nurses (with varying levels of experience) participated in individual semistructured interviews. Four themes were identified, and termed: communication, safety, self-awareness, and treatment. Within these four themes, 14 competencies were described that detail clear aims for new graduates, provide a better understanding of mental health nursing, and promote specialized and competent practice in mental health.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Patterson, C., Curtis, J. & Reid, A. (2008). Skills, knowledge, and attitudes expected of a newly-graduated mental health nurse in an inpatient setting. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 17 (6), 410-418.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-55049129294

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1709

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 410

End Page


  • 418

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 6