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A naturalistic inquiry of registered nurses' perspectives and expectations of psychodynamic therapeutic care in acute psychiatric inpatient facilities

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posted on 2010-04-01, 00:00 authored by P Awty, A Welch, L Kuhn
Within contemporary inpatient mental health nursing practice, the psychodynamic model of care considered previously to be central to the nurse-patient relationship now seems a radical concept. It appears to exist only within primary care facilities and public health care practice settings. This naturalistic inquiry aimed to explicate mental health nurses' perspectives and expectations of providing psychodynamic therapeutic care in acute inpatient psychiatric facilities. Ten registered nurses working in acute inpatient mental health facilities were interviewed. Five themes emerged: a career for life, relating in a psychodynamic manner, swimming against the current, adopting a position of difference, and hopeful expectancy.

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Journal

Archives of psychiatric nursing

Volume

24

Issue

2

Pagination

104 - 113

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Maryland Heights, Mo.

ISSN

0883-9417

eISSN

1532-8228

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Elsevier

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