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'There need to be a balance': mental health nurses' perspectives on medication education in university and clinical practice
Working with medication is an important role of the mental health nurse. However, little research has focused on staff nurses’ perspectives on where the responsibility lies for preparing student nurses for safe, competent medication management. This study investigated mental health nurses’ perspectives on medication education. An interpretive descriptive approach was used. Two focus groups were conducted, and data were analysed using inductive content analysis. It was found that participants embraced a medical approach to servicer user care, with less positive attitudes demonstrated towards psychosocial approaches. There were also tensions expressed between clinical practice and the university, with uncertainty voiced about whose responsibility it was to educate students about medication management. It is important that both environments complement each other in order to enhance the student nurse educational experience. While mental health nurses should be educated in this area to practice in a safe and competent manner, it is also key that a holistic approach to care is considered.
Clinical competence , Health education , Models , Pharmacology , Students
Goodwin, J., Kilty, C., Harman, M. and Horgan, A. (2019) '‘There need to be a balance’: Mental health nurses’ perspectives on medication education in university and clinical practice', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, In Press, doi: 10.1111/inm.12657
© 2019 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Goodwin, J., Kilty, C., Harman, M. and Horgan, A. (2019), ‘There need to be a balance’: Mental health nurses’ perspectives on medication education in university and clinical practice. Int J Mental Health Nurs., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.12657. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.