Journal article

Developing more positive attitudes towards mental health nursing in undergraduate students: part 2--The impact of theory and clinical experience.

B Happell, A Robins, K Gough

J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs | Wiley | Published : 2008


Previous research examining the impact of education on nursing students' attitudes towards mental health nursing as a career has highlighted clinical experience as the primary influencing factor and generally has not considered the impact of theory. The current study compared a cohort of second-year and a cohort of third-year nursing students from the same university. Second-year students had received more theory and clinical experience than their counterparts. Questionnaires were distributed to the total population of students before commencement of, and after completion of clinical placement. This paper examines students' perceived preparedness for and satisfaction with clinical experience..

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