Evaluation of a six-week professional education curriculum designed to retain registered psychiatric nurses

Donna Robbin Safian-Rush, Florida International University


During the past few years there has been a drastic shortage of registered nurses in the field. The shortage appears to have affected the field of psychiatric mental health nursing most intensely. The psychiatric nursing shortage is a multifaceted problem grounded in decreasing federal funds for advanced clinical training, inadequate undergraduate psychiatric experiences, lack of a well prepared articulate role model, the integrated curriculum and the confusion and blurring associated with the roles and functions of the psychiatric mental health nurse. This dissertation will describe the current nursing shortage; the decline in enrollment to nursing programs; the history of psychiatric nursing as a discipline; the shortage of psychiatric mental health nurses; factors contributing to the psychiatric nursing shortage and a plan for a solution to the nursing shortage in psychiatry. The paper focuses on an evaluation conducted on an internship curriculum designed to facilitate effective nursing care in the treatment of clients who exhibit emotional problems. The purpose of this study was to attract and retain nurses to employment opportunities in four Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) facilities, using a six week internship program. The study will yield an analysis of the effect of combining psychodynamic principles and knowledge with skills in the clinical area. The demands of educational practice have been merged with the discipline of psychiatric nursing in the development of this curriculum.

Subject Area

Nursing|Educational psychology|Physiological psychology

Recommended Citation

Safian-Rush, Donna Robbin, "Evaluation of a six-week professional education curriculum designed to retain registered psychiatric nurses" (1989). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI9008256.