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Nursing Care in Intensive Psychiatry: Creating, Preserving, and Restoring Stability
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2610-8998
2011 (English)In: 1st International/5th National Psychiatric Nursing Congress, Istanbul, 2011Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Being the stabilizer – nursing care in intensive psychiatry The psychiatric intensive care units (PICU) is rarely described since it is secluded from external insight. At the same time, it is highly intensive since staff and patients interact around the clock in the most acute phase of psychiatric illness. Many patients who suffer from severe psychiatric symptoms such that they must be cared for initially within psychiatric inpatient care. Sometimes, acute locked wards are not able to handle the patients in the most acute phase. The PICUs admit patients who are considered extremely unmanageable within psychosis units or acute psychiatric wards, and who often demonstrate aggressive or other forms of severe behaviors. This raises the question: What is going on in these units and what constitutes nursing care there? Spradley’s 12-step ethnographic methodology was applied. Data was collected through more than 200 hours of field work on three PICUs. It was only staff members (nurses and enrolled nurses) that were observed; patients were excluded due to ethical considerations. During field work, I did almost 16 hours of formal interviewing and numerous of informal interviews; data also consisted of writing memos and field notes. The field work aimed to understand the staff member’s way of interact with the patients and what they did to care for these patients who was considered as unmanageable. The findings presented here describe how and when nursing care is provided in PICUs. The findings are presented in relation to themes, as these emerged within the psychiatric intensive nursing care. Six themes emerged as frames for nursing 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Istanbul, 2011.
Keyword [en]
Acute psychiatric care, intensive psychiatry; nursing care; ethnography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-6133OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:6133DiVA: diva2:522456
Conference
1st International/5th National Psychiatric Nursing Congress , Istanbul, 22-24 September, 2011
Available from: 2011-12-18 Created: 2011-12-18 Last updated: 2015-06-12Bibliographically approved

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