Talking About Sexuality With Consumers of Mental Health Services

Authors

  • Chris Quinn RN, DAS (Nurs), Cert PN, Grad Dip (MHN),

    1. Chris Quinn, RN, DAS (Nurs), Cert PN, Grad Dip (MHN), is a PhD Candidate, Institute of Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; and Brenda Happell, RN, RPN, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, BEd, MEd, PhD, is Engaged Research Chair in Mental Health Nursing and Director, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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  • Brenda Happell RN, RPN, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, BEd, MEd, PhD

    Corresponding author
    1. Chris Quinn, RN, DAS (Nurs), Cert PN, Grad Dip (MHN), is a PhD Candidate, Institute of Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; and Brenda Happell, RN, RPN, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, BEd, MEd, PhD, is Engaged Research Chair in Mental Health Nursing and Director, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, CQUniversity Australia, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
      b.happell@cqu.edu.au, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement

  • The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest. This study was funded by the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation.

b.happell@cqu.edu.au, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:  To explore nurses' perceptions of how consumers of mental health services have responded to mental health nurses discussing sexuality with them.

DESIGN AND METHODS:  Qualitative exploratory design including in-depth individual interviews with 14 mental health nurses in Australia on two occasions. Nurse participants were taught the BETTER model in the first interview and were asked to use this in their practice.

FINDINGS:  In the second interview nurse participants described the model as useful and consumer responses as very positive.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  The findings suggest the BETTER model is a simple and effective intervention that can assist mental health nurses to include sexuality as part of nursing care.

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