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Majors in Mental Health Nursing: Issues of Sustainability and Commitment
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 28–35, January 2015
How to Cite
Happell, B., McAllister, M. and Gaskin, C. J. (2015), Majors in Mental Health Nursing: Issues of Sustainability and Commitment. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 51: 28–35. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12063
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2015
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 14 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 14 AUG 2013
- Nursing and Midwifery Office Queensland Health
- Comprehensive education;
- major in mental health nursing;
- undergraduate education;
- workforce issue
Major streams in mental health nursing in undergraduate nursing programs were introduced in Australia as a strategy to address current and projected workforce shortages. Of the 14 programs originally planned or implemented, only five are continuing.
Design and Methods
A qualitative exploratory study was conducted involving in-depth interviews with representatives of universities that had ceased the major streams or abandoned plans to introduce them.
Significant themes from interview material on abandoned programs were efficient use of resources, expertise, and problems with registration. On the programs now terminated significant themes were viability and commitment to mental health nursing.
These findings suggest demonstrable and sustainable commitment to mental health nursing is a precursor to success of major streams and advancement of the mental health nursing specialty.