Providing nursing leadership in a community residential mental health setting.
This article outlines the leadership role that nurses can and should play within community residential mental health services. It argues that people who use mental health services are at a greater risk for physical illness and are among the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals within our society. As the largest professional workforce, nurses have a leadership responsibility to fight stigma and discrimination while providing a high level of care to these individuals. Although there are several barriers to this leadership development (i.e. lack recognition, stigma from other nurses), providing clear definitions and expectations of mental health nurses is important to develop services. For nurse led services to grow there must be a shared understanding of their principles and purpose. Also, a strong focus on recovery, formal training and the recognition of leadership are essential components for these services to progress.
Keywords: primary care community mental health nurses nursing leadership residential mental health module 1 module 4
Hughes, F., & Bamford, A. (2011). Providing nursing leadership in a community residential mental health setting. Journal of Psychological Nursing, 49(7), 35-42.