Title

The Lived Experience of Rural Mental Health Nurses

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Rural Nursing Organisation of America

Faculty

Regional Professional Studies

School

Regional Professional Studies

RAS ID

3313

Comments

This article was originally published as: Francis, K., & Dulhunty, G. (2005). The Lived Experience of Rural Mental Health Nurses. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 5(1). Original available here

Abstract

The lived experiences of five registered mental health nurses employed in community settings in the southwest region of Western Australia were examined in this study. The study was generated in response to concerns of clinicians working in the area about their scope of practice. Study participants were interviewed concerning their everyday “lived experience.” Interviews were audio taped, transcribed and coded numerically to ensure participant confidentiality. Data was analysed using van Manen’s hermeneutic phenomenological approach. Five essential themes were identified. They were holistic care of clients; isolation, autonomy and advanced practice; professional development and status recognition; educational support; and caseload numbers and caseload composition. The purpose of the study was to determine whether Community Mental Health Nurses (CMHN) employed in the southwest region of Western Australia encountered similar problems and role demands to those of generalist nurses working in rural Australia.