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Historically, psychiatric nursing has struggled to attract sufficient numbers of graduates of comprehensive nursing programs. Limited available research suggests that psychiatric-nursing education can produce more positive attitudes towards psychiatric-nursing practice and the care of the mentally ill. This article describes the results of a research project undertaken in Victoria, Australia, to extend existing knowledge by determining the impact of education in augmenting interest in psychiatric nursing as a future career option. The results of this quasi-experimental study suggest education can significantly increase the popularity of psychiatric nursing as a profession.
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