Mental health nursing education in preregistration nursing curricula

A national report

Lorna Moxham, Terence McCann, Kim Usher, Gerry Farrell, Patrick Crookes

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The Australian Mental Health Nurse Education Taskforce conducted a national examination of mental health content of preregistration nursing curricula in order to develop a framework for including mental health in future curricula. This paper presents the qualitative findings from national consultations about the framework. Content analysis of data was undertaken, and the findings show four key themes. First, the mental health content of curricula should be increased; second, overall mental health nursing leadership should be strengthened; third, mental health consumer participation should be increased in all aspects of curricula; and finally, a repository should be established for mental health teaching resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-236
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


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