The purpose of this study was to establish clinical competencies for the purposes of psychiatric mental health nursing assessments, and in order to improve the clinical skills of nurses. Using action research and starting from May, 2004, a group of experts was engaged to draw up a research plan in line with these terms of reference, and, along with up-and-coming talents in the profession, to discuss and analyze essential clinical competencies to be required in assessments for psychiatric mental health nursing. They held exploratory group meetings and workshops to engage in comprehensive, all-encompassing discussion of the content of clinical competencies for psychiatric health nursing (necessary competency standards, definitions, and actions to have been taken). These findings could serve as a basis on which the accreditation committee for psychiatric mental health nursing might evaluate the clinical competence of psychiatric mental health nurses in this core ability. The development of clinical competence for mental health nursing assessments may further enhance the skills of nurses in assessing psychiatric patients and in the professionalization of psychiatric mental health nursing.
|Translated title of the contribution
|The construction of clinical competence in psychiatric mental health nursing assessment
|Number of pages
|Published - 2006