Professional identity in community mental health nursing: A thematic analysis

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Show simple item record Brown, Brian J. Crawford, Paul Majomi, Pamela 2009-04-15T15:30:09Z 2009-04-15T15:30:09Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Brown, B.J., Crawford, P. and Majomi, P. (2008) Professional identity in community mental health nursing: A thematic analysis. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 45. pp. 1055-1063. en
dc.identifier.issn 0020-7489
dc.description.abstract The study aimed to explore how community mental health nurses (CMHNs) UK perceived their working lives. This was subdivided into questions related to: How do nurses perceive their professional status in terms of public image compared with their understanding of their working lives? How does the relationship between professional aspirations and experiences of working life affect their feelings about their work and their self image? Background: In a rapidly changing organizational context CMHNs face the challenge of achieving a coherent professional identity. Method: An interview study was conducted and analyzed using semi-structured interviews and a thematic analysis to identify categories and themes in 34 CMHN's accounts of their working lives. Findings: The data were classified into four major themes: (i) The client focus: the public service identity of the profession; (ii) Not being a profession: skepticism, doubt and uncertainty; (iii) Growing out of the role: professional development as exit strategy; (iv) Waiting to be discovered: the search for recognition. Conclusions: The metaphor of nurses searching for recognition has demonstrated its usefulness as a means of illuminating the quest undertaken by CMHNs to establish the legitimacy of their work, and achieve acknowledgment and appreciation. This underlies the search for professional identity in community mental health nursing. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.subject community psychiatric nursing en
dc.subject qualitative research en
dc.subject professional identity en
dc.title Professional identity in community mental health nursing: A thematic analysis en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Psychology
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.ref2014.selected 1366719837_0000895004444_22_4

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