Discourse / Discours - Canadian Nurse Practitioners' Therapeutic Commitment to Persons With Mental Illness

Anne Marie Creamer, Judy Mill, Wendy Austin, Beverley O'Brien

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to determine how Canadian nurse practitioners (NPs) rate their levels of therapeutic commitment, role competency, and role support when working with persons with mental health problems. A cross-sectional descriptive, co-relational design was used. The Therapeutic Commitment Model was the theoretical framework for the study. A sample of 680 Canadian NPs accessed through 2 territorial and 9 provincial nursing jurisdictions completed a postal survey. NPs scored highest on the therapeutic commitment subscale and lowest on the role support subscale. The 3 subscales were correlated: role competency and therapeutic commitment were the most strongly associated (r = .754, p < .001). To have a positive impact on the care of persons with mental health problems, educators, policy-makers, and NPs need to assess and support therapeutic commitment, role support, and role competency development.

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