Nurses' Views on Training Needs to Increase Provision of Primary Care for Consumers With Serious Mental Illness

Authors

  • Brenda Happell RN, RPN, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, BEd, MEd, PhD,

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    1. Brenda Happell, RN, RPN, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, BEd, M Ed, PhD, is Engaged Research Chair in Mental Health Nursing, and Director, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; David Scott, BHM (Hons), PhD, is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; Janette Nankivell, LLB (Hons), LLM, is Research Assistant, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; and Chris Platania-Phung, BA (Hons), is Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
      b.happell@cqu.edu.au, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu
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  • David Scott BHM (Hons), PhD,

    1. Brenda Happell, RN, RPN, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, BEd, M Ed, PhD, is Engaged Research Chair in Mental Health Nursing, and Director, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; David Scott, BHM (Hons), PhD, is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; Janette Nankivell, LLB (Hons), LLM, is Research Assistant, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; and Chris Platania-Phung, BA (Hons), is Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
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  • Janette Nankivell LLB (Hons), LLM,

    1. Brenda Happell, RN, RPN, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, BEd, M Ed, PhD, is Engaged Research Chair in Mental Health Nursing, and Director, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; David Scott, BHM (Hons), PhD, is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; Janette Nankivell, LLB (Hons), LLM, is Research Assistant, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; and Chris Platania-Phung, BA (Hons), is Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
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  • Chris Platania-Phung BA (Hons)

    1. Brenda Happell, RN, RPN, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, BEd, M Ed, PhD, is Engaged Research Chair in Mental Health Nursing, and Director, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; David Scott, BHM (Hons), PhD, is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; Janette Nankivell, LLB (Hons), LLM, is Research Assistant, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; and Chris Platania-Phung, BA (Hons), is Research Fellow, Institute for Health and Social Science Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement: The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.

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

Abstract

PURPOSE:  The study aims to ascertain nurses' views on their preparedness to provide physical health care, and their identified training needs.

DESIGN AND METHODS:  The study used a qualitative exploratory design. Thirty-eight nurses working in a regional mental health setting participated in focus groups.

FINDINGS:  Three main themes were identified: (a) the need for physical healthcare training, (b) modes of training, (c) access to training, and (d) organizational commitment.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  The philosophy and design of training must reflect workplace context, and take into account individual learning styles. Organizational support is crucial.

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