The slow death of psychiatric nursing: what next?

Holmes, Colin (2006) The slow death of psychiatric nursing: what next? Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 13 (4). pp. 401-415.

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Nursing has always struggled for recognition and status, and there has always been exploitation and shortages, and no more so than in psychiatric settings. Today, however, nursing is in truly dire straits and, as a consequence, psychiatric nursing is more precariously positioned than ever. In order to think constructively about psychiatric nursing's future, it is crucial that this wider context in which it operates is fully appreciated, and this paper begins by summarizing the key features of this context from an international perspective. It is argued that dramatic changes occurring in 'Western' societies call for radical changes in public and professional thinking, and in their vision for health care in the future. Beginning with the general nursing context, this paper depicts the perilous state of psychiatric nursing and mental health care in Australia and elsewhere, and suggests some of the causal factors. It concludes by arguing that the future mental health workforce should be a graduate specialist who stands outside existing disciplinary identities.

Item ID: 3736
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1351-0126
Keywords: generic mental health worker; mental health nursing; nursing shortage; nursing workforce; psychiatric nursing
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2009 01:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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