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The realities of mental health nursing in acute inpatient environments


Cleary, M, The realities of mental health nursing in acute inpatient environments, International journal of mental health nursing, 13, (1) pp. 53-60. ISSN 1445-8330 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2004 John Wiley and Sons

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2004.00308.x


The purpose of this ethnographic study was to understand how nurses construct their practice in an acute inpatient psychiatric unit in light of the current challenges, demands and influences brought about by service reform. During a 5-month period, fieldwork observations, interviews and discussion groups occurred in a 22-bed acute inpatient mental health facility in New South Wales, Australia. The findings demonstrate how the current role of acute care has resulted in nurses working in increasingly complex environments characterized by competing priorities and new demands. Nurses struggled to fit the changed service philosophy with traditional models of practice within this fluid and changing environment. The findings are relevant within the context of current debates and can be used to enhance the understanding of contemporary acute mental health nursing practice and inform the continued development of mental health nursing in these settings.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health nursing, acute inpatient care
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108455
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:89
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2019-11-21

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