June L Leishman

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Reflections on nursing history, the nature of its workforce and its evolution as a profession can be powerful tools in the development of professional identity. Historical accounts of mental health nurses' practice and how they are socially, politically and culturally positioned within a particular time frame serve to illustrate that as practitioners we are(More)
Childhood and teenage pregnancy poses a significant social and health problem in the UK and it has implications for nurses across a wide range of disciplines. This article aims to raise awareness of the issue and help nurses to identify the risks of early sexual activity and pregnancy for young people. It includes the views of a group of first year,(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to explore the views of one group of healthcare professionals on the importance of cultural awareness in healthcare practice. METHOD A qualitative approach was used. Ten nurses of varying age from two counties in Scotland who worked across a range of clinical practice areas were interviewed. The interviews were largely(More)
This paper has been developed to identify the natural synergy between social constructionism, discourse analysis and mental health research. It is based on research undertaken to explore mental health nurses' identity. The proposal is that nurses' identities are rhetorically constructed in the language they use to account for and justify their work in the(More)
Mental Health nursing exists as a discipline in the UK within the wider contemporary health care establishment. Throughout its history it has attempted to define itself in ways that differentiate mental health nursing practice from other health care professions and fields of nursing. However, it is not surprising in this climate of contemporary healthcare(More)
As the United Kingdom becomes increasingly culturally diverse, we are tasked with becoming more attuned to complex cultures, health beliefs and practices. The routes toward this demographic trend and related issues of population movement are complex and have a significant impact on those engaged in meeting the needs of clients with mental health problems(More)
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