What keeps nurses busy in the mental health setting?

Goulter, Nicole, Gardner, Glenn, & Kavanagh, David J. (2015) What keeps nurses busy in the mental health setting? Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22(6), pp. 449-456.

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The foundation of mental health nursing has historically been grounded in an interpersonal, person-centred process of health care, yet recent evidence suggests that the interactional work of mental health nursing is being eroded. Literature emphasizes the importance of person-centred care on consumer outcomes, a model reliant upon the intimate engagement of nurses and consumers. Yet, the arrival of medical interventions in psychiatry has diverted nursing work from the therapeutic nursing role to task-based roles delegated by medicine, distancing nurses from consumers. This study used work sampling methodology to observe the proportion of time nurses working in an inpatient mental health setting spend in the activities of direct care, indirect care and service-related activities. Nurses spent 32 of their time in direct care, 52% in indirect care and 17% in service-related activities. Mental health nurses need to re-establish their therapeutic availability to maximize consumer experiences and outcomes.

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ID Code: 79329
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional URLs:
DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12173
ISSN: 1351-0126
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2015 23:27
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2015 03:04

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