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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2005 Nov;26(9):921-33.

Changing the culture of mental health nursing: the contribution of nursing clinical development units.

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Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice, School of Nursing, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia. b.happell@nursing.unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

The reluctance of nurses to utilise research findings in their practice has been extensively discussed in the literature. Nursing Clinical Development Units (NCDU) represent one approach to facilitating a greater interaction between research and nursing practice. This paper presents the results of an impact evaluation of an NCDU program operating in Victoria, Australia. In-depth interviews were conducted with participants in the NCDU program (n = 14). The findings suggest an increase in accessing and ultilising research by nurses since the introduction of the program, with an increased focus on evidence-based practice.

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16203646
DOI:
10.1080/01612840500248213
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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