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Recruitment and retention initiatives: nursing students’ satisfaction with clinical experience in the mental health field


Cleary, M and Happell, B, Recruitment and retention initiatives: nursing students' satisfaction with clinical experience in the mental health field, Nurse education in practice, 5, (2) pp. 109-16. ISSN 1471-5953 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2004 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2004.06.001


The difficulty in attracting graduates of undergraduate nursing programs into mental health remains a challenge for the field. Positive clinical experience has been identified as a potential strategy in encouraging students to regard mental health nursing positively. This paper reports the findings of a survey administered to Undergraduate Nursing Students and Trainee Enrolled Nurses within the mental health area. The purpose of the survey was to measure satisfaction with clinical placements within an Area Mental Health Service. The information provided from the survey is directing the on-going development of clinical placements, clinical supports, education programs and recruitment and retention initiatives for nurses within the Central Sydney Area Mental Health Service. The findings indicate a generally high level of satisfaction with the clinical placement undertaken, however a number of strategies to improve satisfaction with placements were identified.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health nursing, education
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108452
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-11-15

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