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Mental health nursing: Daring to be different, special and leading recovery-focused care?


Santangelo, P and Procter, NG and Fassett, D, Mental health nursing: Daring to be different, special and leading recovery-focused care?, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27, (1) pp. 258-266. ISSN 1445-8330 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2017 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1111/inm.12316


How mental health nursing is differentiated from other disciplines and professions, and what special contribution mental health nurses make to health services, is a question at the heart of contemporary practice. One of the significant challenges for mental health nurses is identifying, developing and advancing those aspects of their practice that they consider differentiate them in the multi-disciplinary mental health care team and to articulate clearly what a mental health nurse is and does. This paper draws on data from interviews with 36 mental health nurses in Australia who identified their practice as autonomous. Participants were asked the question, What's special about mental health nursing? Constructivist grounded theory techniques were applied to the research process. Findings were formulated and expressed as the Ten P's of the professional profile that is mental health nursing', which are present', personal', participant partnering', professional', phenomenological', pragmatic', power-sharing', psycho-therapeutic', proud' and profound'. The combined elements of the findings present a theoretical construct of mental health nursing practice as something distinctive and special. It provides a model and exemplar for contemporary practice in mental health nursing, embracing the role of mental health nurses in the health care workforce as being well placed as providers of productive and effective care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:co-construction, distinct practice, grounded theory, mental health nursing, recovery
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Santangelo, P (Mr Pietro Santangelo)
UTAS Author:Procter, NG (Associate Professor Nicholas Procter)
UTAS Author:Fassett, D (Professor Denise Fassett)
ID Code:152095
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:College Office - CHM
Deposited On:2022-08-11
Last Modified:2022-09-20

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