Promoting recovery-oriented mental health nursing practice through consumer participation in mental health nursing education

Brenda Happell, Wanda Bennetts, Jenny Tohotoa, Dianne Wynaden, Chris Platania-Phung

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Background: Developing recovery-oriented services, and ensuring genuine consumer participation in all aspects of services are central components of contemporary Australian mental health policy. However, attitudes of mental health professionals present a significant barrier. Given the positive impact of education on health professionals’ attitudes, particularly when consumers are involved, further exploration of consumer involvement in education is required. Aims: To enhance understanding of the role consumers can play within mental health nursing education. Method: A qualitative exploratory project was undertaken involving individual interviews with mental health nurse academics and consumer educators. Results: Two main themes emerged from nurse participants: Recovery in action, consumer educators were able to demonstrate and describe their own recovery journey; and not representative, some participants believed consumer educators did not necessary reflect views and opinions of consumers more broadly. Two main themes for consumers were: the truth about recovery, consumer educators demonstrated recovery as an achievable goal; and not a real consumer, where health professionals to dismiss the consumer experience as unrepresentative and therefore not credible. Conclusions: Consumer participation can contribute positively to nurse education, however representativeness presents a major barrier, potentially enabling nurses to dismiss experiences of consumer academics and educators as exceptional rather than typical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mental Health
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Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2017

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Happell, Brenda ; Bennetts, Wanda ; Tohotoa, Jenny ; Wynaden, Dianne ; Platania-Phung, Chris. / Promoting recovery-oriented mental health nursing practice through consumer participation in mental health nursing education. In: Journal of Mental Health. 2017 ; pp. 1-7.
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In: Journal of Mental Health, 13.03.2017, p. 1-7.

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