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Achieving equilibrium in a culture of stability: cultural knowing in nursing on psychiatric intensive care units
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2610-8998
Karolinska Institutet.
Örebro Universitet.
Röda Korset Högskola.
2011 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 255-265Article 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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2011. Vol. 32, no 4, p. 255-265
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Hälsa och välfärd
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11124OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-11124DiVA, id: diva2:562988
Available from: 2012-10-27 Created: 2012-10-27 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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