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

James Moir, Charles Abraham

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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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1996


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