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Type: Journal article
Title: "But I'm not going to be a mental health nurse": nursing students' perceptions of the influence of experts by experience on their attitudes to mental health nursing
Author: Happell, B.
Waks, S.
Bocking, J.
Horgan, A.
Manning, F.
Greaney, S.
Goodwin, J.
Scholz, B.
van der Vaart, K.J.
Allon, J.
Hals, E.
Granerud, A.
Doody, R.
Chan, S.W.-C.
Lahti, M.
Ellilä, H.
Pulli, J.
Vatula, A.
Platania-Phung, C.
Browne, G.
et al.
Citation: Journal of Mental Health, 2019; 30(5):556-563
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0963-8237
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Brenda Happell ... Brett Scholz ... et al.
Abstract: Background: Mental health nursing skills and knowledge are vital for the provision of high-quality healthcare across all settings. Negative attitudes of nurses, towards both mental illness and mental health nursing as a profession, limit recognition of the value of these skills and knowledge. Experts by Experience have a significant role in enhancing mental health nursing education. The impact of this involvement on attitudes to mental health nursing has not been well researched. Aim: To explore the impact of Expert by Experience-led teaching on students' perceptions of mental health nursing. Methods: Qualitative exploratory study involving focus groups with nursing students from five European countries and Australia. Results: Following Expert by Experience-led teaching, participants described more positive views towards mental health nursing skills and knowledge in three main ways: learning that mental health is everywhere, becoming better practitioners, and better appreciation of mental health nursing. Conclusions: Experts by experience contribute to promoting positive attitudinal change in nursing students towards mental health nursing skills and knowledge. Attitudinal change is essential for the provision of high-quality mental health care in specialist mental health services and throughout the healthcare sector.
Keywords: Attitudes education of health professionals
experts by experience
mental health mental health nursing nurse education
nursing practice
Description: Published online 18 October 2019
Rights: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2019.1677872
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