Psychology Faculty Publications

Title

Undergraduate College Students' Perceptions of Psychiatric Nurses

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2012

Journal Title

Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Volume

33

Issue

11

First Page

769

Last Page

776

Abstract

We surveyed undergraduate students' perceptions of psychi­atric nurses' effectiveness and analyzed other sources of data. Stu­dents reported that psychiatric nurses' strengths include helping in situations that involve psychiatric symptoms, mental health evaluation, and drug abuse. Psychiatric nurses also were said to be effective when helping an individual with psychiatric symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations. Friends or associates, common knowledge, school and education, and movies are some sources bv which students learn about psychiatric nurses. Sources that provided less influential information include insurance carriers, newspapers, and personal experience.

Keywords

Psychiatric nurses, undergraduate students

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