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Digital Subscriptions > Mental Health Nursing > AugSept 2018 > ECT is an eye-opener for student nurses

ECT is an eye-opener for student nurses

Helen Bushell reflects on how witnessing the use of ECT on placement has changed her views

As a student nurse I gain my knowledge of theory in the classroom, but applying and seeing that theory come to life in practice can be daunting at times.

I thought I had a sufficient understanding of the clinical use of ECT, the process involved and its effectiveness in treating mentally unwell patients. Throughout my training I have come across professionals in practice, fellow students, patients and family members who have misconceptions and controversial views on ECT.

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The August/September issue of MHN is a special themed edition on ECT, including: - The history and use of ECT in modern practice • Service user views • Using recovery staff in ECT anaesthesia • Student perspectives on ECT • The National Association for Lead Nurses in ECT • Interview with an ECT lead nurse • Organising a Twitter chat on ECT