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Doyle, L., Ellilä, H., Jormfeldt, H., Lahti, M., Higgins, A., Keogh, B., . . . Kilkku, N. (2018). Preparing master-level mental health nurses to work within a wellness paradigm: Findings from the eMenthe project. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27(2), 823-832
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2018 (English)In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1445-8330, E-ISSN 1447-0349, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 823-832Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mental health promotion remains an important component of mental health nursing practice. Supporting wellness at both the individual and societal levels has been identified as one of the key tenets of mental health promotion. However, the prevailing biomedical paradigm of mental health education and practice has meant that many nurses have not been equipped to incorporate a wellness perspective into their mental health practice. In the present study, we report on an exploratory study which details the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by master-level mental health nurses to practice within a wellness paradigm from the perspective of three groups of key stakeholders: (i) service users and family members (n = 23); (ii) experienced mental health nurses (n = 49); and (iii) master-level mental health nursing students (n = 37). The findings, which were reported from individual and focus group interviews across five European countries, suggested a need to reorientate mental health nursing education to include a focus on wellness and resilience to equip mental health nurses with the skills to work within a strengths-based, rather than a deficits-based, model of mental health practice. Key challenges to working within a wellness paradigm were identified as the prevailing dominance of the biomedical model of cause and treatment of mental health problems, which focusses on symptoms, rather than the holistic functioning of the individual, and positions the person as passive in the nurse-service user relationship. © 2017 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Richmond, VIC: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018
Keywords
e-learning, mental health promotion, nurse education, wellness
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34904 (URN)10.1111/inm.12370 (DOI)000428413100033 ()28786212 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85044456807 (Scopus ID)
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Funding: European Commission/Lifelong Learning Programme

Available from: 2017-09-08 Created: 2017-09-08 Last updated: 2020-02-03Bibliographically approved
Keogh, B., Skärsäter, I., Doyle, L., Ellilä, H., Jormfeldt, H., Lahti, M., . . . Kilkku, N. (2017). Working with Families Affected by Mental Distress: Stakeholders' Perceptions of Mental Health Nurses Educational Needs. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(10), 822-828
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2017 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 38, no 10, p. 822-828Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Family and informal caregivers provide a substantial amount of care and support to people who experience mental health problems. The aim of this study was to explore mental health nurses', students' and service users' perceptions of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required by mental health nurses to work with families and carers using a qualitative methodology. Three themes emerged from the data: Knowledge of the family and how mental distress affects the family; working with the family - support and education; and valuing the role of the family. The three themes demonstrate the complexity of preparing mental health nurses to work with families and carers, and the article offers recommendations about how this might be achieved. © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis, 2017
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34903 (URN)10.1080/01612840.2017.1341587 (DOI)000414954900007 ()28745973 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85026219958 (Scopus ID)
Funder
EU, European Research Council, 2013-3403
Available from: 2017-09-08 Created: 2017-09-08 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-0153-8326

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