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I am hiding a ludicrous truth from future mental health nursing students.

Warrender, Dan



In 2018, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) published standards for pre-registration nursing programmes (NMC, 2018), shaped by its 'Future Nurse' standards for nurse proficiency. Prior to implementation, the Mental Health Nurse Academics UK (MHNAUK, 2016) position statement warned that while mental health nurses may require more physical health skills, generic programmes could harm provision of mental health content. Concerns were raised and these fears have now been realised. Instead of feeling pride in being a mental health nursing lecturer, the author now feels embarrassed and feels that while speaking to prospective mental health nursing students the truth that their course will not contain nearly enough mental health nursing content is being hidden from them.


WARRENDER, D. 2022. I am hiding a ludicrous truth from future mental health nursing students. Nursing times [online], 118(12), pages 17. Available from:

Journal Article Type Commentary
Acceptance Date Nov 9, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 9, 2022
Publication Date Dec 31, 2022
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 12, 2022
Journal Nursing times
Print ISSN 0954-7762
Publisher EMAP
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 118
Issue 12
Pages 17
Keywords Mental health nursing students; Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC); Nursing programmes; Curriculums
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