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Mental health service user involvement in nurse education: exploring the issues.

  This paper reports on findings and issues arising from a study designed to promote mental health service users’ involvement in a preregistration nursing curriculum. Users’ views about the knowledge, skills and attributes required by mental health nurses were explored to inform the curriculum design. Strategies that would facilitate long term, active user involvement in the design and delivery of the curriculum were also explored. Findings are presented with concurrent discussion of issues arising from the research process in relation to user involvement in education. The issue of ‘conflict’ explores findings relating to users’ views of a ‘good’ mental health nurse and inherent conflicts between user and professional views are highlighted. The representativeness of the research participants is explored and debated in relation to service user involvement in nurse education. Finally, the concepts of ‘involvement’ and ‘tokenism’ are discussed and recommendations made about how active user involvement in nurse education can be achieved.

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    31 January 2000

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    RT Nursing

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    610.73 Nursing


Forrest, S., Risk, I., Masters, H. & Brown, N. (2000). Mental health service user involvement in nurse education: exploring the issues. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 7, 51-57. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2850.2000.00262.x. ISSN 1351-0126



Education ; involvement ; mental health ; preregistration ; representativeness ; service-user

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