Experiences and perceptions of nursing staff working with long-stay patients in a high secure psychiatric hospital setting
AuthorVollm, Birgit A.
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AbstractBackground and Objective: Forensic psychiatric nursing is a demanding nursing specialty that deals with a highly complex group of patients who are detained in restrictive environments, often for lengthy periods. There is little information about the daily experiences of these nurses. This study sought to explore the roles and relationships of forensic psychiatric nurses with long-stay patients in a high secure hospital in England. Method and Analysis: The study obtained data via three focus groups, and thematic analysis was carried out using NVIVO 10 software. Results: Five prominent themes emerged: First, nurses elaborated on their roles with patients and the kinds of interactions they had with them. The next two themes explored the reasons why some patients are long-stay patients and the challenges nurses face while working with this group. The fourth theme was the impact of external support, such as the patient's families, on length of stay. The final theme covered the changes that the nurses observed in these patients and in themselves over time. Conclusion: It was noticeable that those interviewed were committed professionals, eager to provide an optimistic and hopeful environment for the patients to help them progress through "the system". The study presents a number of pertinent issues regarding long-stay patients that provide a basis for further research and to inform policy, educational reforms, and clinical practice. Copyright © 2016 International Association of Forensic Nurses.
CitationDutta, S., Majid, S. & Vollm, B. A. (2016). Experiences and perceptions of nursing staff working with long-stay patients in a high secure psychiatric hospital setting. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 12 (3), pp.111-119.