Exploratory study of mental health consultation-liaison nursing in Australia: part 1 demographics and role characteristics

Sharrock, Julie, Bryant, Jenni, McNamara, Paul, Forster, John, and Happell, Brenda (2008) Exploratory study of mental health consultation-liaison nursing in Australia: part 1 demographics and role characteristics. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 17 (3). pp. 180-188.

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Mental health nursing roles in Consultation-Liaison (CL psychiatry and emergency departments are rapidly developing within Australia since the mainstreaming of mental health services within the general health-care system. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many of these positions have been initiated and developed in relative isolation and with little formalized support. Consequently, a comprehensive understanding of these roles and the nurses who occupy them is limited. A survey was developed and distributed to gather information on CL nurses in Australia. The survey was aimed at CL nurses working in a range of settings and included questions relating to demographics, qualifications, experience, clinical practice, organizational structure, education, clinical supervision, education and training and work satisfaction. This, the first of a two-part paper, will present the key findings relating to demographics and characteristics of the role. Overall, the findings demonstrated that the CL nurses who responded to the survey (n = 56) were experienced psychiatric/mental health nurses working primarily in general hospital wards and/or emergency departments; receive requests for consultation from a range of health professionals but predominantly nurses; provide education to a range of staff groups; and use a range of titles to identify their role.

Item ID: 2012
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0349
Keywords: consultation-liaison; mental health; nursing; psychiatric
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2008 18:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 0%
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