Consider This...| Volume 23, ISSUE 5, P401, October 2009

Urgent Intervention Needed

        Nursing leaders have long called for examination of theory, research, and curriculum in psychiatric nursing (e.g., Stuart, Krauss, and McCabe). They called for an assessment of what we teach, examination of sacred cows, and breaking through tradition and dogmatic approaches that may be historically valuable but unrepresentative of an evidence base from which we can derive practice concepts and research ideas. They warned that psychiatric nursing may become irrelevant if we fail to bring it into the 20th century. Have we heeded?
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