A model is proposed for the integration of the education of senior nursing students and staff at a mental hospital, maximizing utilization of time and resources. A pilot study employed small group techniques with faculty as facilitators and resource persons, with the dual purpose of increasing competence and reducing communication barriers. Four students and four nursing staff participated in weekly meetings, alternating supervision groups (2 groups, each composed of 1 faculty, 2 students and 2 staff) with discussion groups (2 faculty, 4 students and 4 staff). Evaluation tools used did not yield significant differences between pre- and post-tests. However, objective and subjective indices point to positive changes of attitudes between all unit staff and students, improved therapeutic skills of students and staff, both on individual and group level. Ongoing group meetings of patients run by students and staff resulted.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of psychiatric nursing and mental health services|
|State||Published - Nov 1 1977|
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