Assessing the Educational Needs of Mental Health Nurses Working in an Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Ward in Japan
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PROBLEM: In Japan, preregistration education is not sufficient to prepare nurses to work as child adolescent mental health nurses. METHODS: Nominal group technique (NGT) using focus group discussions, and Knowles' Adult Learning Theory, were used to examine the continuing educational needs of nurses in a Japanese adolescent mental health unit. FINDINGS: Nurses caring for adolescent patients with mental health issues need continuing education. This research demonstrates the utility of nominal group technique in needs analysis in this context. CONCLUSIONS: Educational priorities include instruction on patients' developmental stage, promoting patient self-sufficiency, and strategies for meeting the needs of families. A family-centered care approach is recommended.
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Copyright 2012 Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Assessing the Educational Needs of Mental Health Nurses Working in an Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Ward in Japan, Vol. 25(3), 2012, pp. 124-129, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-6171.2012.00335.x.
Mental Health Nursing