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Title: The impact of a Continuing Professional Education degree programme in Mental Health Nursing : a phenomenological study
Author: Axiak, Sally
ISNI:       0000 0004 7428 2688
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2018
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The aim of this study was to explore the lived experiences of general trained nurses who went on to undertake a post qualification BSc in Mental Health Nursing and to establish how they perceive and experience their current role and the ways in which undertaking the degree may have impacted how they practice and deliver care. Focus groups and in-depth interviews were conducted with purposely selected participants and their narratives were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Four superordinate themes emerged from the interpretative analysis. In the first theme of 'coming into the fold' the modes by which the participants were deployed to the hospital were discussed in relation to their impact on the participants present day role. In the second theme, 'constructions of a psychiatric nurse', the participants conceptions of their role and the reality of their working lives pointed to a divergence from the contemporary descriptions of the role and practices of psychiatric nursing found within the literature. The third theme was 'positioning the nurse within the practice environment' in which the nurses accounts highlighted several obstacles which they feel impact their working practices, not least a sharply defined hierarchical culture of structure and control and impaired professional relationships. In the final theme - 'the path to greater knowledge', motivations for undertaking the course were generally established as being a means of personal improvement and in some instances for financial gain. Overall none of the participants were able to identify any tangible effects on patient care giving practices that could be ascribed to them having completed the course. The implications of this study are that the influences exerted by a strong bureaucratic organisational culture within a healthcare organisation should not be underestimated for their potential to obstruct change. These findings led to recommendations for action by both the academic body responsible for nurse education and the organisation's management. Future research was suggested to widen understanding of the complex array of interrelated factors affecting the working practices of psychiatric nurses who have undertaken a diploma to degree BSc in Mental Health Nursing.
Supervisor: Nutbrown, C. E. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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