The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) has asked to urgently revise some nursing programs to ensure at least one-third of the content teaches about mental health.
ACMHN president, Mike Hazelton, said graduate entry and abridged pre-registration qualifying degrees leading to nursing registration offer an inadequate mental health curriculum.
“Alarmingly, many two-year ‘Masters’ programs feature only two-week placements in a mental health facility,” professor Hazelton said.
“We are seriously concerned that newly-registered nurses are very under-prepared to work within mental health services.”
Join Nursing Review’s conversation with professor Hazelton about how nurses have warned of insufficient mental health training during their degree.
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