A Rose By Any Other Name?: Specialism, Genericism and the Diminution of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (Part 2)

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In part one of this paper I introduced the issue of specialism or generic preparation for P/MH nurses and proceeded to review the ‘Canadian evidence’; such as it is. I summarized student feedback comment pertinent to this issue and began to respond to the U.Victoria and U.B.C. responses to the proposals to inaugurate a Baccalaureate in Psychiatric Nursing. Part two continues this response, draws upon relevant international evidence, predicates the important differences between generic and specialist nurses and reflects on a few interesting ‘after thoughts’.