Dr P. Bonaccorso is working in NHS and her research interest includes stress and depressive disorders
Eating disorders comprise a range of syndromes encompassing physical, psychological and social features. Acute physical complications of these disorders may provoke great concern in family members and health service staff, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are frequently chronic conditions with substantial long-term physical and social sequelae, from which recovery is difficult. rnThe treatment experience of those with eating disorders is extremely variable. rn
Sinead’s appointment as a Lecturer in Nursing is in conjunction with undertaking her PhD ‘A phenomenographic exploration of undergraduate nursing studetns understandings of mental health – implications for an undergradaute Bachelor of Nursing curriculum’. Sinead is a registered nurse with experience in acute mental health services located across Melbourne, Australia. Sinead has a developing portfolio of published papers w\\ithin the field of mental health nursing education. Alongside Dr Louise Ward, Sinead has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to teaching and learning for the development of an art based program to build student confidence to talk about mental health with clients.
Aim: The purpose of this literature review was to collect evidence for future research into mental health nursing education. The aim is to share findings from nursing education research studies in which phenomenography was used to understand how students approach studies in nursing. rnBackground: Phenomenographic studies have been valuable in investigating students’ experience of learning to inform thinking about higher education curricula. rnMethods: An international review of literature exploring pre-registration nursing education between 2006 and 2016 using a phenomenographic approach was undertaken. rnResults: Utilisation of a phenomenographic approach has been highlighted as an innovative research design in pre-registration nursing education to identify variation in student learning. This approach would be valuable for future research to identify variation in which students perceive the concept of mental health within nursing education.rnConclusion: Consideration of nursing educations role in bridging the theoretical and clinical gap requires further phenomenographic research exploring how students approach studies in mental health nursing. Based on this my PhD titled ‘A phenomenographic exploration of undergraduate nursing student’s understandings of mental health: implications for an undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing curriculum’ will help address this current gap in nursing education.rn