I am a nursing instructor in Canada and just wanted to say that we still have psychiatric nursing education programs here and also a number of degrees, such as the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing. Years ago, Australia did away with this separate stream of education and I have been to conferences in the last couple of years where the Australians have begun to suggest this was not really as wise as they thought. I understand you have a shortage of nurses just as we do, including a shortage of nurses with psychiatric nursing skills and competencies.
The posting from the members interested in careers in psychiatric nursing in Australia on this forum inspired me to write. It seems that even from their perspective it is hard to get into the career speciality and/or find out about it. I am very keen to learn more about the situation in Australia. Would anyone like to fill me in? Love to hear about it.
Melodie in Canada