Recognizing and addressing the stigma associated with mental health nursing: a critical perspective

Trina Johnena Gouthro
Issues in Mental Health Nursing 2009, 30 (11): 669-76
Negative and stigmatizing beliefs regarding mental health nursing discredit the valuable contributions of mental health nurses, but more importantly, these beliefs discredit the needs of people who access mental health care. The stigma associated with mental health nursing, however, has received little attention in the literature. In this article, the author explores the stigma associated with mental health nursing from a critical lens. Recommendations are proposed to address the stigma associated with mental health nursing and mental illness, concurrently, within nursing education.

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