Measuring the influence of a mental health training module on the therapeutic optimism of advanced nurse practitioner students in the United Kingdom

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Purpose: To evaluate the influence of a mental health training module on the therapeutic optimism of advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) students in primary care (family practice). Data sources: Three cohorts of ANPs who undertook a Mental Health Problems in Primary Care Module as part of their MSc ANP (primary care) run by the University of Huddersfield completed the Elsom Therapeutic Optimism Scale (ETOS), in a pre- and postformat. The ETOS is a 10-item, self-administered scale, which has been used to evaluate therapeutic optimism previously in mental health professionals. Conclusions and implications for practice: All three cohorts who completed the scale showed an improvement in their therapeutic optimism scores. With stigma having such a detrimental effect for people diagnosed with a mental health problem, ANPs who are more mental health literate facilitated by education and training in turn facilitates them to have the skills and confidence to engage and inspire hope for the person diagnosed with mental health problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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