Patterns of care: Primary research in mental health nursing

Goulter, Nicole S. (2015) Patterns of care: Primary research in mental health nursing. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


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 emphasises 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 engage in specific activities. The observations of this study determined that nurses' time is accounted for 31.65% in direct care, 51.63% in indirect care and 16.71% in service related activities.

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ID Code: 90853
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Gardner, Glenn & Kavanagh, David
Keywords: Mental Health Nursing, Nursing activities, Work sampling, Inpatient, Observations, Service model
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2016 02:21
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2016 02:21

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