Developing more positive attitudes towards mental health nursing in undergraduate students: part 1--does more theory help?
B Happell, A Robins, K Gough
J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs | Wiley | Published : 2008
Negative attitudes towards mental illness and the mental health nursing profession have deterred many undergraduate nursing students from considering this area as an attractive career option. Positive clinical experience has been identified as the most important factor in producing more favourable attitudes. While the quantity of theory is identified as important, its impact on attitudes has not been examined through research. This study compared two groups of students undertaking different numbers of theoretical and clinical hours in mental health nursing to determine if this increase has an impact on nursing students' attitudes. Anonymous questionnaires were distributed to the total popula..View full abstract