Teaching psychiatric mental health nursing in the People's Republic of China

Rebecca Bouterie Harmon
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 2008, 22 (6): 328-33
According to the World Health Organization's Health Policy Resource Book, mental disorders account for a high proportion of disability worldwide and are predicted to grow significantly in the coming years. This is especially true in developing countries such as the People's Republic of China (PRC) where, for historical social, political, and economic reasons, psychiatric mental health (PMH) nursing has not been an integral part of nursing curricula. As the number of persons in the PRC increases, so is the demand for mental health nurses, yet the PRC lacks experienced PMH nursing instructors. This article describes the challenges and opportunities that await Western PMH nursing specialists and faculty in the PRC.

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