Nurses' views on training needs to increase provision of primary care for consumers with serious mental illness

Brenda Happell, David Scott, Janette Nankivell, Chris Platania-Phung

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PURPOSE: The study aims to ascertain nurses' views on their preparedness to provide physical health care, and their identified training needs. DESIGN AND METHODS: The study used a qualitative exploratory design. Thirty-eight nurses working in a regional mental health setting participated in focus groups. FINDINGS: Three main themes were identified: (a) the need for physical healthcare training, (b) modes of training, (c) access to training, and (d) organizational commitment. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The philosophy and design of training must reflect workplace context, and take into account individual learning styles. Organizational support is crucial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-217
Number of pages8
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Health improvement profile
  • Mental illness
  • Nursing
  • Physical health
  • Training

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