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Experiences of mental health registered nurses from Ontario : perspectives on preparation for practice
Endeman, Tara B.
Brandon University, Faculty of Health Studies
vii, 102 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 71-84).
"In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Psychiatric Nursing."
The inclusion of mental health and addiction content in the curricula of comprehensive baccalaureate nursing educational institutions in Ontario is inconsistent. While some studies review the attitudes and experiences of nursing students related to mental health and addiction, there is a paucity of research exploring the experiences of registered nurses (RNs) and their transition into the area of mental health and addictions. The purpose of this research was to explore and interpret the perspectives of psychiatric mental health RNs (PMHNs) regarding the adequacy of preparation for PMHN practice in Ontario baccalaureate nursing programs and the impact this preparation had on their experiences transitioning into and practicing as PMHNs. Eight participants were interviewed. Data was collected and analyzed using Sally Thorne's Interpretive Description method. Themes that emerged from analysis included: inconsistent and inadequate preparation, experiencing unique challenges, and PMHNs want change. Participants' experiences as students, new nurses, expert nurses, intra-professional nurses and their recommendations for universities, health institutions and the nursing profession are discussed, interpreted, and integrated with current literature. Recommendations for future research are provided for this under-studied area.
Psychiatric nurses--Vocational guidance--OntarioPsychiatric nurses--Education--Ontario
Brandon UniversityFaculty of Health Studies