Appreciating the work of nurses caring for adults with intellectual disability and mental health issues

Taua, Chris and Neville, Christine and Scott, Theresa (2017) Appreciating the work of nurses caring for adults with intellectual disability and mental health issues. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26 (6). pp. 629-638. ISSN 1445-8330

Abstract

This paper presents findings from a study exploring the nurses’ experience of caring for adults with intellectual disability and mental health issues in inpatient settings. Semi structured interviews were undertaken with 13 nurses from various regions of New Zealand. Methods suggested by an Appreciative Inquiry methodology were used to explore the nurses’ positive experiences of their role. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using open coding and Leximancer (an online data mining tool) analysis to identify dominant themes in the discourse. Analysis revealed themes around ‘Contextualising behaviour’, ‘Communication’, ‘Confidence to care’ and ‘Time’. Participants reflected upon their experiences offering personal interpretations in identifying the aspects of nursing that mattered and that worked. What is shown is that nurses were able to describe a range of creative and adaptive ways of nursing in responding to numerous complex factors they faced in their roles. This suggests a strong foundation on which to advance nursing care in this field.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 05:33
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 05:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: appreciative inquiry; inpatient; intellectual disability; Leximancer; mental illness; nurses; nursing
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/inm.12291
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35514

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