Storytelling; safeguarding; treatment; and responsibility; attributes of recovery in psychiatric intensive care units

Gwinner, Karleen & Ward, Louise (2015) Storytelling; safeguarding; treatment; and responsibility; attributes of recovery in psychiatric intensive care units. Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care, 11(2), pp. 105-118.

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Abstract

Background and aim

In recent years policy in Australia has endorsed recovery-oriented mental health services underpinned by the needs, rights and values of people with lived experience of mental illness. This paper critically reviews the idea of recovery understood by nurses at the frontline of services for people experiencing acute psychiatric distress.

Method

Data gathered from focus groups held with nurses from two hospitals were used to ascertain their use of terminology, understanding of attributes and current practices that support recovery for people experiencing acute psychiatric distress. A review of literature further examined current nurse based evidence and nurse knowledge of recovery approaches specific to psychiatric intensive care settings.

Results

Four defining attributes of recovery based on nurses’ perspectives are shared to identify and describe strategies that may help underpin recovery specific to psychiatric intensive care settings.

Conclusion

The four attributes described in this paper provide a pragmatic framework with which nurses can reinforce their clinical decision-making and negotiate the dynamic and often incongruous challenges they experience to embed recovery-oriented culture in acute psychiatric settings.

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ID Code: 77371
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Inpatient, Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Intensive Care, Recovery, Recovery- oriented
DOI: 10.1017/S1742646414000181
ISSN: 1742-6464
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Mental Health Nursing (111005)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 NAPICU
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2014 22:07
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2015 00:36

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