Teaching psychiatric nursing in the classroom



The practice in teaching psychiatric nursing to post registration student nurses at the Bethlem Royal & The Maudsley Hospital School of Nursing is described, showing the exclusive use of experiential teaching methods. Five distinct courses are conducted at present in this topic:

  • 1 discussions based on written work;
  • 2 discussions centring on set topics;
  • 3 group dynamics discussions and projects;
  • 4 psychodrama exercises;
  • 5 supervision classes.

The later are conducted in a manner not previously described. The dependence of effective classroom teaching on the students' ward experience is demonstrated.