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Associations between age, years in post, years in the profession and personal experience of mental health problems in UK mental health nurses

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Jennifer Oates, Nicholas Drey, Julia Jones

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-632
Number of pages9
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number8
Early online date2 Jun 2017
Accepted/In press26 Apr 2017
E-pub ahead of print2 Jun 2017


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Nurses’ own mental health is of paramount important, both in terms of patient safety and the sustainability of the workforce. Age, years in the profession, in post and personal expe-rience or exposure to mental health problems are relevant to the mental health nursing workforce crisis in the UK.This study aimed to determine the relationship between age, years in the profession and post and self reported experience of mental health problems using an online cross sectional survey of 225 UK mental health nurses. Number of years in post was inversely correlated with overall experience of mental health problems, particu-larly living with someone else with mental health problems. Those with experience of living with someone with mental health problems had significantly fewer years of professional experience than those without. This paper discusses possible explanations for this phe-nomenon and makes the case for future research on the topic.

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