Mental health nursing standards for Australia: a review of current literature

Neville, Christine and Hangan, Catherine and Eley, Diann and Quinn, John and Weir, Jim (2008) Mental health nursing standards for Australia: a review of current literature. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 17 (2). pp. 138-146. ISSN 1445-8330


The expanding role of the mental health nurse brings new challenges and rewards. To support this, nationally adopted, formalized standards of practice are required. Currently, the Standards of Practice for Mental Health Nurses in Australia published by the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses in 1995 provide a guide for mental health nurses working in Australia. While these standards have played a role in supporting mental health nurses, they have not been widely adopted. This report reviews the current literature on standards for practice and describes an evidence-based rationale as to why a review and renewal of these is required and why it is important, not just for mental health nurses but to the field of mental health in general.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2009 10:16
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 00:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; nursing; psychiatric nursing; standards
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2008.00522.x

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