Journal article

Lived-experience participation in nurse education: Reducing stigma and enhancing popularity

Brenda Happell, Louise Byrne, Chris Platania-Phung, Scott Harris, Julie Bradshaw, Jonathan Davies

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2014

Abstract

Mental health nursing consistently emerges as less popular than other specialties, and both service users and mental health practitioners are affected by negative attitudes. Education is fundamental to attracting students to the field of mental health nursing. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of undergraduate mental health curricula on student attitudes to people with mental illness, and career interest in mental health nursing. A traditional mental health course was compared to a course delivered by a person with lived experience of mental illness (and mental health service use) for its impact on student attitudes and career intentions in mental health nursing (cohort 1: n ..

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