Psychiatric Nursing: Has It Been Forgotten in Contemporary Nursing Education?

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Contemporary nursing education in Victoria, Australia aims to produce graduates with the capacity for employment in all areas of nursing at beginning practitioner level. Despite this aim, psychiatric nursing occupies a relatively small proportion of undergraduate curricula. Research findings suggest that psychiatric nursing does not emerge as a popular career choice within comprehensive education. To prevent a crisis in nursing education, greater attention must be devoted to the theory and practice of psychiatric nursing, so that it can occupy a position of equal importance to other areas of nursing practice.

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