Research Article| Volume 12, ISSUE 6, P319-325, December 1998

Psychiatric nursing education: Doing the impossible?

  • Louise Rushworth
    Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Fitzroy, Australia
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  • Brenda Happell
    Address reprint requests to Brenda Happell, R.N., R.P.N., B.A. (Hons), Dip Ed, B Ed, M Ed, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, School of Postgraduate Nursing, University of Melbourne, 243-249 Grattan Street, Parkville 3052, Australia.
    University of Melbourne, School of Postgraduate Nursing, Parkville, Australia
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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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