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Mental health nurses' views on therapeutic optimism.
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PMID:  22417284     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Registered nurses (RN) coordinate acute mental health units on a 24-hour basis and it behoves researchers to actually ask these nurses what they think contributes to their ability to work with patients in optimistic ways. In this study, 40 RN working in acute mental health settings were asked a series of questions to explore positive aspects of nursing work, which includes therapeutic optimism. Three themes were identified: (i) different ways nurses foster therapeutic optimism; (ii) perceptions of how an optimistic environment is fostered, and (iii) improvement of ward culture. Findings show the pivotal role mental health nurses have in improving teamwork, good communication, sharing, and collaboration, in addition to preceptoring and supervision. Furthermore, effective clinical management is essential to therapeutic optimism and, in this research, is considered to be the aspect of acute mental health nursing most relevant to improving the ward culture.
Michelle Cleary; Jan Horsfall; Maureen O'Hara-Aarons; Glenn E Hunt
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of mental health nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1447-0349     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101140527     Medline TA:  Int J Ment Health Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing © 2012 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore Concord Centre for Mental Health, Sydney Local Health District, Concord Hospital School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Western Sydney Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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