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Mental health content of comprehensive preregistration nursing curricula in Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In 2008 the final report of the Mental Health Nurse Education Taskforce was released. This paper

    presents the findings of the report's survey into the mental health content of generic pre-registration

    nursing curricula in Australia. A questionnaire was sent to all nursing schools providing

    pre-registration curricula. Results indicate curricula contained a wide range of mental health

    theory and clinical hours. While the majority of universities incorporated most of the 20 key

    topics recommended by the Mental Health Nurse Education Taskforce in their courses, few

    addressed issues such as Indigenous mental health. There was considerable competition

    for placements between universities, and concern about the quality of some placements.

    Nurse academics with formal qualifications in mental health and specialist clinical mental health

    nurses were mainly involved in teaching theory. Specialist mental health clinicians and clinical

    educators were the key groups engaged in clinical education, and preceptorship was

    the most common form of clinical supervision. Consumers and carers had limited involvement

    in the development or provision of mental health content of pre-registration curricula.

    Greater attention is needed to increasing the mental health content in pre-registration curricula.

    Furthermore, initiatives should be developed to increase access to clinical placements and reduce

    competition for places between universities.

UOW Authors


  •   McCann, Terence V. (external author)
  •   Moxham, Lorna
  •   Usher, Kim (external author)
  •   Crookes, Patrick A.
  •   Farrell, Gerald (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • McCann, T. V., Moxham, L., Usher, K., Crookes, P. A. & Farrell, G. (2009). Mental health content of comprehensive preregistration nursing curricula in Australia. Journal of Research in Nursing, 14 (6), 519-530.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70350540371

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2179

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 519

End Page


  • 530

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 6

Abstract


  • In 2008 the final report of the Mental Health Nurse Education Taskforce was released. This paper

    presents the findings of the report's survey into the mental health content of generic pre-registration

    nursing curricula in Australia. A questionnaire was sent to all nursing schools providing

    pre-registration curricula. Results indicate curricula contained a wide range of mental health

    theory and clinical hours. While the majority of universities incorporated most of the 20 key

    topics recommended by the Mental Health Nurse Education Taskforce in their courses, few

    addressed issues such as Indigenous mental health. There was considerable competition

    for placements between universities, and concern about the quality of some placements.

    Nurse academics with formal qualifications in mental health and specialist clinical mental health

    nurses were mainly involved in teaching theory. Specialist mental health clinicians and clinical

    educators were the key groups engaged in clinical education, and preceptorship was

    the most common form of clinical supervision. Consumers and carers had limited involvement

    in the development or provision of mental health content of pre-registration curricula.

    Greater attention is needed to increasing the mental health content in pre-registration curricula.

    Furthermore, initiatives should be developed to increase access to clinical placements and reduce

    competition for places between universities.

UOW Authors


  •   McCann, Terence V. (external author)
  •   Moxham, Lorna
  •   Usher, Kim (external author)
  •   Crookes, Patrick A.
  •   Farrell, Gerald (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • McCann, T. V., Moxham, L., Usher, K., Crookes, P. A. & Farrell, G. (2009). Mental health content of comprehensive preregistration nursing curricula in Australia. Journal of Research in Nursing, 14 (6), 519-530.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70350540371

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2179

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 519

End Page


  • 530

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 6