Nurses* Self perceptions about support they receive from mental

Presented by:
Genesis Chorwe-Sungani, MN-MHL, RN
Nondumiso Shangase, MSc N, RNM
Aim of the study
The aim of this study was to identify nurses’
self perceptions about the support they
receive from mental health specialists when
providing mental health care to PLWHA.
Introduction and background
 mental health specialists are scarce in
 Non-specialised health care workers provide
mental health services in general settings.
 Self perceptions of nurses are linked to the
effectiveness of their interventions
Introduction and background cont/d
 nurses’ willingness to deal with MHP relies
upon how they perceive their levels of role
support in their task of providing mental
health care.
 Role support is nurses’ self perceptions
about the support they receive from mental
health specialists when providing mental
Study design
A quantitative descriptive survey design was
used for this study
The settings were Queen Elizabeth Central and
the following health centres: Bangwe,
Chilomoni, Limbe, South Lunzu and
Methods cont/d
 a convenient sample comprising of 151
participants drawn from the population of
311 nurses.
 Mental Health Problems Perception
Questionnaire (MHPPQ) was used.
Methods cont/d
 Permission to use MHPPQ was granted by
Prof. Lauder
 Approval to conduct the study was granted
by relevant authorities.
 151 completed questionnaires were returned
(91.5% response rate)
Methods cont/d
 Data was collected from March to April
Data analysis
 Data were analysed using Statistical Package
for Social Sciences(SPSS) version 15.0.
 Cronbach’s alpha for the adapted role
support scale of MHPPQ was (α=0.75)
Study findings and Discussion
 49.7% ( n=75) reported that they do not
always receive adequate support when
working with PLWHA who have MHPs
 48.3% (n=72) of nurses perceived that they
did receive adequate support from
colleagues when working with PLWHA who
have MHPs.
Study findings and Discussion
 Nurses in general settings are often unable to
provide appropriate support because they have
not been adequately trained themselves to deal
with MHP
 nurses in general settings require support from
mental health specialists when dealing with
 Support makes nurses more confident and
interested in dealing with MHPs
Conclusion and recommendations
 Some nurses in general settings perceive that
they lack
 This negatively influence their willingness to
care for PLWHA who have MHPs.
 Therefore, Support networks for the nurses in
general settings must be developed
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