Community mental health nurses speak out: the critical relationship between emotional wellbeing and satisfying professional practice

Rose, Jayln and Glass, Nel (2006) Community mental health nurses speak out: the critical relationship between emotional wellbeing and satisfying professional practice. Collegian, 13 (4). pp. 27-32. ISSN 1322-7696


The article reports on selected findings of a research study concerning emotional wellbeing and professional nursing practice(Rose 2002). It highlights the relationship between community mental health nurses' and emotional wellbeing, and their capacity to provide satisfying professional nursing practice (Rose 2002). The notion of emotional wellbeing, factors that impacted upon the participants' emotional wellbeing, and the relationship of emotional wellbeing to professional practice were revealed in the study. These findings were based on a qualitative critical feminist research inquiry and specifically, interviews with five women community mental health nurses in Australia. Whilst complex, emotional wellbeing was found to be both implicitly and explicitly linked to the participants intertwined personal and professional experiences. Four key components were identified: the nebulous notion; the stress relationship; the mind, body,
spirit connection; and, inner sense of balance. In terms of emotional wellbeing and professional practice, three themes were revealed. These were: being able to speak out (or not); being autonomous(or not) and being satisfied (or not).
The authors argue that the emotional wellbeing of nurses working in community mental health settings is critical to satisfying professional practice. Furthermore nursing work involves emotional work which impacts on one’s emotional wellbeing and emotional wellbeing is integrally linked to professional practice. It is recommended that health organisationsmust be pro-active in addressing the emotional needs of nurses to ensure the delivery of health
care that is aligned to professional practice. This approach will ensure nurses will feel more recognised and validated in terms of their nursing practice.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 'Material in Collegian is copyright and may only be reprinted by arrangement with Royal College of Nursing, Australia. This publication may only be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form or by any means with the prior written permission of Royal College of Nursing, Australia, apart from fair dealing for the purposes of research, private study, criticism or review as permitted under the Copyright Act of 1968.'
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 06:59
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 03:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: wellbeing; nursing; professional practice; mental health
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60537-5

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