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Achieving Equilibrium within a Culture of Stability: Cultural Knowing in Nursing Care on Psychiatric Intensive Care Units
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2610-8998
2011 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 32, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents intensive psychiatric nurses’ work and nursing care. The aim of the study was to describe expressions of cultural knowing in nursing care in psychiatric intensive care units (PICU). Spradley’s ethnographic methodology was applied. Six themes emerged as frames for nursing care in psychiatric intensive care: providing surveillance, soothing, being present, trading information, maintaining security and reducing. These themes are used to strike a balance between turbulence and stability and to achieve equilibrium. As the nursing care intervenes when turbulence emerges, the PICU becomes a sanctuary that offers tranquility, peace and rest.

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Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. , 2011. Vol. 32, no 4
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Nursing care, psychiatric nursing, cultural studies, ethnography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-6129DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2010.549603OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:6129DiVA: diva2:520512
Available from: 2011-12-18 Created: 2011-12-18 Last updated: 2015-06-12Bibliographically approved

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