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

Journal article


Hercelinskyj, Gylo, Cruickshank, Mary T., Brown, Peter A. and Phillips, Brian N.. (2014). Perceptions from the front line: Professional identity in mental health nursing. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 23(1), pp. 24 - 32. https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.12001
AuthorsHercelinskyj, Gylo, Cruickshank, Mary T., Brown, Peter A. and Phillips, Brian N.
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

Keywordsidentity; mental health nurse; qualitative; recruitment and retention; role
Year2014
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Journal citation23 (1), pp. 24 - 32
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN1445-8330
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.12001
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84891898783
Page range24 - 32
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Publisher's version
File Access Level
Controlled
Place of publicationAustralia
Permalink -

https://acuresearchbank.acu.edu.au/item/88z8v/perceptions-from-the-front-line-professional-identity-in-mental-health-nursing

Restricted files

Publisher's version

  • 95
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 2
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month
These values are for the period from 19th October 2020, when this repository was created.

Export as

Related outputs

Enablers of the interpersonal relationship between registered nurses and students on clinical placement : A phenomenological study
Rebeiro, Geraldine, Foster, Kim, Hercelinskyj, Gylo (Julie) and Evans, Alicia. (2021). Enablers of the interpersonal relationship between registered nurses and students on clinical placement : A phenomenological study. Nurse Education in Practice. 57, p. Article 103253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2021.103253
Mental health nursing : Applying theory to practice
Hercelinskyj, Gylo and Alexander, Louise. (2020). Mental health nursing : Applying theory to practice Cengage Learning Australia.
Emotional labour in mental health nursing: An integrative systematic review
Edward, Karen-Leigh, Hercelinskyj, Gylo and Giandinoto, Jo-Ann. (2017). Emotional labour in mental health nursing: An integrative systematic review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 26(3), pp. 215 - 225. https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.12330
Motivations of nursing students regarding their educational preparation for mental health nursing in Australia and the United Kingdom: A survey evaluation
Edward, Karen-Leigh, Warelow, Philip, Hemingway, Stephen, Hercelinskyj, Gylo, Welch, Anthony, McAndrew, Sue and Stephenson, John. (2015). Motivations of nursing students regarding their educational preparation for mental health nursing in Australia and the United Kingdom: A survey evaluation. BMC Nursing. 14(29), pp. 1 - 5. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-015-0084-8
Developing graduate student competency in providing culturally sensitive end of life care in critical care environments - A pilot study of a teaching innovation
Northam, Holly L., Hercelinskyj, Gylo, Grealish, Laurie and Mak, Anita S.. (2015). Developing graduate student competency in providing culturally sensitive end of life care in critical care environments - A pilot study of a teaching innovation. Australian Critical Care. 28(4), pp. 189 - 195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2014.12.003
Simulation to Practice: Developing Nursing Skills in Mental Health: An Australian Perspective
Edward, Karen-Leigh, Hercelinskyj, Gylo, Warelow, Philip and Munro, Ian. (2007). Simulation to Practice: Developing Nursing Skills in Mental Health: An Australian Perspective. The International Electronic Journal of Health Education. 10, pp. 60 - 64.
Burnout in the caring nurse: Learning resilient behaviours.
Edward, Karen-Leigh and Hercelinskyj, Gylo. (2007). Burnout in the caring nurse: Learning resilient behaviours. British Journal of Nursing. 16(4), pp. 240 - 242. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2007.16.4.22987