Undergraduate psychiatric nursing education at the crossroads in Ireland. The generalist vs. specialist approach: towards a common foundation

Grant, A (2006) Undergraduate psychiatric nursing education at the crossroads in Ireland. The generalist vs. specialist approach: towards a common foundation. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 13 (6). pp. 722-729. ISSN 13510126

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Official URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17087675

Abstract

This paper provides a critical overview of undergraduate educational preparation for psychiatric nursing and proposes the use of a model, which may equip psychiatric nurses to adapt to current and future directions in psychiatric nursing practice. It contends that mental health nursing is a distinct scope of practice and as such requires specialty undergraduate education. A major difference between educational preparation for psychiatric nursing in the Republic of Ireland and the UK, and distinct from most other developed countries, is the existence of separate, specialized pre-registration programmes that, upon graduation, allow the nurse to register as a psychiatric nurse. In other countries such as, Australia, the integration of pre-registration nurse education into the university sector resulted in the wide-scale adoption of a generalist approach to nurse education. In light of the recent changes in pre-registration nursing education in Ireland, and the integration of nursing into higher-level education, this paper examines the generalist vs. specialist approach to nurse education. It contends that neither the generalist nor the specialist model best serve the nursing profession in preparing safe and competent practitioners. Rather, it argues that the use of a model which incorporates both generalist and specialist perspectives will help to redress the imbalance inherent in both of the existing approaches and promote a sense of unity in the profession without sacrificing the real strengths of specialization. Such a model will also facilitate psychiatric nurses to adapt to current and future directions in psychiatric nursing practice. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: GRANT, A. 1; Email Address: grant@ucd.ie; Affiliation: 1: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ire; Source Info: Dec2006, Vol. 13 Issue 6, p722; Subject Term: PSYCHIATRIC nursing; Subject Term: PSYCHIATRIC nurses; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL programs; Subject Term: NURSING -- Vocational guidance; Subject Term: UNDERGRADUATE programs; Subject Term: SPECIALISTS; Subject Term: IRELAND; Author-Supplied Keyword: generalist model; Author-Supplied Keyword: pre-registration education; Author-Supplied Keyword: psychiatric nursing; Author-Supplied Keyword: role; Author-Supplied Keyword: specialist model; Author-Supplied Keyword: specialistmodel; Number of Pages: 8p; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: PSYCHIATRIC nursing; PSYCHIATRIC nurses; EDUCATIONAL programs; NURSING -- Vocational guidance; UNDERGRADUATE programs; SPECIALISTS; IRELAND; generalist model; pre-registration education; role; specialist model; specialistmodel
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 09:50
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2391

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