Introducing a new model of emergency department-based mental health care
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Introducing a new model of emergency department-based mental health care

Timothy Wand Nurse practitioner, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Kathryn White Professor of cancer nursing, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Joanna Patching Acting director of research student matters, Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Judith Dixon Nurse manager, Emergency department at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
Timothy Green Director, emergency department, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia

This article highlights the importance of the three-phase process used to develop and implement an emergency department-based, mental health nurse practitioner (MHNP) outpatient service in a teaching hospital in Sydney, Australia. The project included a feasibility study and a model refinement phase followed by implementation and pilot evaluation. Support for the initiative was secured through early engagement with relevant stakeholders, from exploring the potential for the proposal through to pilot evaluation. Preliminary findings from the pilot study are presented. The authors propose that the project succeeded by emphasising a nursing model of practice.

Nurse Researcher. 18, 1, 35-44. doi: 10.7748/nr2010.10.18.1.35.c8046

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