Evaluating the impact of a preceptorship course on mental health nursing practice

Rosemary Charleston, Brenda Happell
International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 2004, 13 (3): 191-7
The crisis in the recruitment of nursing graduates into the mental health nursing field dictates the need for assertive and innovative strategies to promote the positive aspects of this field of nursing. A positive clinical experience has been identified as one of the most important determinants of nursing students' attitudes towards mental health nursing. The Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice implemented the course "Preceptorship in Psychiatric Nursing" as a means to increase the skill level within and interest towards the preceptorship role in clinical practice. This paper presents an evaluation of courses conducted between 2000 and 2002. The findings suggest that participants (n = 150) were highly satisfied with the content and delivery of the course, and that it is likely to affect their attitude towards and fulfillment of the preceptorship role.

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