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Perceptions from the front line: professional identity in mental health nursing

Hercelinskyj, Gylo, Cruickshank, Mary, Brown, Peter and Phillips, Brian (2014). Perceptions from the front line: professional identity in mental health nursing. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing,23(1):24-32.

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Title Perceptions from the front line: professional identity in mental health nursing
Author Hercelinskyj, Gylo
Cruickshank, Mary
Brown, Peter
Phillips, Brian
Journal Name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 23
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1445-8330   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84891898783
Start Page 24
End Page 32
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract In the context of a growing population of people experiencing mental illness worldwide, mental health nurses are a crucial workforce. Their recruitment and retention, however, is in decline. Drawing on qualitative data obtained from interviews with mental health nurses (MHN) in Victoria, Australia, the paper employs a range of concepts from role theory to explore professional identity within mental health nursing. The data highlight three key issues in relation to the future recruitment and retention of MHN: (i) the ambiguity of the MHN role; (ii) the weak definition and lack of understanding of the scope of the MHN role by nursing students; and (iii) a lack of communication about MHN as a profession to a wider audience. These findings indicate three avenues through which recruitment and retention in mental health nursing could be improved: (i) public communication; (ii) training and educating of the next generation of MHN; and (iii) more accurately defining the role of the MHN.
Keywords identity
health nurse
recruitment and retention
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