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Keywords:

  • Attitudes;
  • cardiometabolic health;
  • mental health nursing;
  • nursing practice

Purpose

To determine the changes in attitudes toward the inclusion of a cardiometabolic health nurse for the physical healthcare management of people with serious mental illness following a 6-month trial.

Design and Methods

Repeated survey of nurses working in a regional mental health facility.

Findings

Nurses working in mental health were initially supportive of the role. A 6-month trial of a cardiometabolic health nurse in the workplace reduced ambivalence and increased positivity toward the role.

Practice Implications

Reduced ambivalence and improved positivity toward the role may facilitate less organization resistance to the implementation of a cardiometabolic health nurse in the mental healthcare setting. Specialized training and role recognition may be needed to further support this role.