Psychiatric-mental health nursing workforce in 2018: Implications for the future.
The workforce was examined using the 2018 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses to determine supply characteristics and perspectives of psychiatric-mental health nurses. The study looked at the success in achieving some of the workforce related recommendations of the Future of Nursing. A strong foundation exists for increasing the contributions of psychiatric-mental health nursing to overcoming shortages of mental health professionals and to improving access to mental health care. More work needs to be done to remove regulatory barriers to promote practicing to the extent of knowledge, education and training. Overall, the psychiatric-mental health nursing workforce is primed for the future.
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