The barriers and facilitators to a career in mental health nursing

Karen McKenzie, Matthew Cooper, Rachel Martin, Kara Murray, Clare Baguley, Andra Chiscop

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As there is a shortfall of mental health nurses in the UK, a study aimed to explore the facilitators and barriers to individuals considering this career. The main factors that attracted participants to the career were a desire to help other people and having more information about the role, often through direct experience. The main barriers were limited knowledge about the available career routes, the perceived stressful nature of the job and the need for greater diversity in mental health services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-20
JournalNursing Times
Issue number2
Early online date4 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021


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