|dc.contributor.author||El Baqary, Amira||
|dc.identifier.citation||El Baqary, A. (2016) Investigating Egyptian student nurses' perception towards working in mental health nursing, no. 161.||
|dc.description.abstract||This research aims to explore Egyptian undergraduate nursing students'
perceptions of working with mentally ill patients and to explore factors that
influence student nurses' perceptions of mental health nursing. The study took
place at the school of nursing in Cairo University.
The research approach for the study is qualitative and descriptive since it
aims to explore opinions and perceptions of participants and describe
meanings about researched topic (Creswell 2014, Willing 2013, Hancock et al
The method for data collection used in the study was focus group
discussion: 8 focus groups were conducted that included 32 participants, all of
them female students. A pilot focus group took place at the faculty of nursing
in Modern University for Technology and Information (MTI) where fourth year
students were asked to participate. The remaining focus groups were held at
the school of nursing in Cairo University. Participants were chosen from fourth
and fifth year students of the undergraduate programme. The participants had
accumulated knowledge as students and they were about to graduate and to
start their nursing career.
Data analysis stage of the study employed thematic analysis to develop
codes and themes that constitute the results of the research.
Results of the study revealed that stigma associated with mental health
nursing (MHN) is one of the main factors that keep students away from this
specialty. Students expressed their fear and lack of a sense of safety within
mental health facilities. The main stereotype as expressed by participants was
that patients are violent and potentially aggressive. Other factors contributed
to a negative view about MHN such as lack of positive role models,
insufficient clinical training and the need for clinical supervision within mental
health clinical placement. Few participants expressed an opposite opinion and
were motivated to work in MHN but were not sure how to start this career. The
gender issue appeared to be influencing perception of MHN since many
considered MHN as a male job||
|dc.publisher||Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh||
|dc.title||Investigating Egyptian student nurses' perception towards working in mental health nursing||