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The skills required for conducting a community psychiatric nursing assessment: a qualitative study

Citation

Harris, DM and Happell, B, The skills required for conducting a community psychiatric nursing assessment: a qualitative study, The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 16, (4) pp. 7-13. ISSN 1447-4328 (1999) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

The shift in focus from primarily institutionally based care, to community-based care, has highlighted the need for community psychiatric nurses with appropriate skills to care for clients experiencing mental illness within the community. This paper describes the results of a qualitative research project undertaken to examine the skills required by psychiatric nurses in conducting an assessment within the community. In depth interviews were conducted with a sample of six currently practising community psychiatric nurses, with differing levels of experience. The findings identified the main skills as: interpersonal skills; psychiatric nursing knowledge base; the ability to work with a variety of treatment modalities; and, literacy skills. The specific significance of these skills for the educational preparation of community psychiatric nurses is discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Mental Health Nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Harris, DM (Dr Derith Harris)
ID Code:96005
Year Published:1999
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-10-15
Last Modified:2014-10-15
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