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

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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
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Place of publicationAustralia
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