Expanded practice roles for community mental health nurses in Australia: confidence, critical factors for preparedness, and perceived barriers.
Stephen Elsom, Brenda Happell, Elizabeth Manias
Issues Ment Health Nurs | Published : 2008
As the momentum for nurse practitioner roles rapidly increases in Australia, little scholarly attention has been directed towards barriers to role expansion, the confidence necessary to undertake expanded practice roles (other than prescription of medication), or the educational preparation required for expanded roles. This paper reports on community mental health nurses' views regarding confidence to undertake expanded roles, their opinions regarding the necessary preparation for such roles, and barriers to role expansion. An questionnaire was administered to 296 community mental health nurses employed in metropolitan and rural settings in Victoria, Australia. In regards to various domains ..View full abstract