Why I want to be a psychiatric nurse: constructing an identity through contrasts with general nursing

James Moir, Charles Abraham

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    Abstract

    The justification of psychiatric specialization among undergraduate nursing students is examined The data highlight how students are able to produce a positive view of their initial entry into nursing and then later create a positive and distinctive specialist occupational identity through negative comparisons with general nursing Their experience in both psychiatric and general settings is drawn upon to add credibility to their claims Contrasts based on the work schedules, patient focus, professional autonomy, opportunity for professional development, and required skills are considered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)295–298
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
    Volume23
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1996

    Keywords

    • Psychiatric nurses

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