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Reduced Ambivalence to the Role of the Cardiometabolic Health Nurse Following a 6-Month Trial

Authors

  • Brenda Happell PhD,

    Engaged Research Chair in Mental Health Nursing, Director Central Queensland University
    1. Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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  • Robert Stanton BHMSc (Hons),

    Research Officer, Corresponding author
    1. Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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  • Wendy Hoey RN,

    Director of Nursing, Central Queensland Mental Health Services, and Affiliate Member, Nursing Director
    1. Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
    2. Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
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  • David Scott BMH (Hons), PhD

    Affiliate Member, Post-doctoral Research Fellow
    1. Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
    2. NorthWest Academic Centre, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement
  • The authors report no actual or potential conflict of interest.

Abstract

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.

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