Handover | Issue 42 - July 2018

Suzette Poole (RN-MH, MN) 

Clinical lead

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

Mental Health Nursing and its Future: A Discussion Framework – Report from the Expert Reference Group to the Deputy Director-General, Mental Health Dr Janice Wilson, (herein referred to as ‘the framework’) was published in 2006 by the Ministry of Health. Dr Frances Hughes chaired the development of this report and Helen Hamer led the project. The final report was authored by Helen Hamer, Mary Finlayson, Katey Thom, Frances Hughes and Sharon Tomkins.

The framework provided a strategic direction for the future of mental health nursing to strengthen both nursing leadership and practice within the multidisciplinary clinical environment. The overall goal was to provide strategies to move the profession of mental health nursing forward.

In Issue 40 of Handover, Helen Hamer noted that: 

“the framework provided a strategic direction for the future of mental health nursing to strengthen both nursing leadership and practice within the multidisciplinary clinical environment. The overall goal was to provide strategies to move the profession of mental health nursing forward. Several recommendations were made about leadership, mental health nurse practitioners, standards, skill mix, clinical career pathways, professional supervision, education, research, and recruitment and retention” (p.15). 

In 2017, we invited a small group of key stakeholders to revisit the framework and comment on progress, and their thoughts on what more is needed to support mental health and addiction nurses. We share some of this feedback with you and thoughts on where to from here. In this final issue we focus on standards, skill mix, clinical career pathways, research, and recruitment and retention. We conclude this feature with a frank article from Frances Hughes who chaired the development of this report. 

Ngā mihi 

Suzette Poole, 

Co-editor of Handover