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International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Ashish Badnapurkar, Daniel Bressington, Martin Jones, Deborah Nelson, Dona Thomas, Mohammed Mehndi, Richard Gray
Nurse prescribing has the potential to improve patients' access to, and experiences of, treatment. The aim of the present study was to examine nurse and psychiatrist attitudes about this extended role in a developing country. We conducted a cross-sectional survey using a previously-used, 65-item, seven subscale measure of attitudes to nurse prescribing in mental health. We achieved a 79% response rate. The majority of participants had trained in developing countries where nurse prescribing has yet to be implemented...
August 28, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Deb O'Kane, Margaret McAllister, Tracy Levett-Jones, Adam Gerace
Australia is a country rich in cultural diversity, with Indigenous Australians having specific cultural values and a variety of spoken languages. In addition, the increasing number of people from migrant and refugee backgrounds requires that health professionals be able to communicate effectively with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. This is particularly relevant when undertaking a mental health assessment, because members of diverse communities often face the dual vulnerability of marginalization and stigmatization...
August 20, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
John Read, David Harper, Ian Tucker, Angela Kennedy
Child abuse and neglect play a causal role in many mental health problems. Knowing whether users of mental health services were abused or neglected as children could be considered essential for developing comprehensive formulations and effective treatment plans. In the present study we report the findings of a systematic review, using independent searches of three databases designed to discover how often mental health staff find out whether their clients were abused or neglected as children. Twenty-one relevant studies were identified...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Joeri Vandewalle, Simon Malfait, Kristof Eeckloo, Roos Colman, Dimitri Beeckman, Sofie Verhaeghe, Ann Van Hecke
The World Health Organization highlights the need for more patient participation in patient safety. In mental health care, psychiatric nurses are in a frontline position to support this evolution. The aim of the present study was to investigate the demographic and contextual factors that influence the willingness of psychiatric nurses to share power and responsibility with patients concerning patient safety. The patient participation culture tool for inpatient psychiatric wards was completed by 705 nurses employed in 173 psychiatric wards within 37 hospitals...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Louise Doyle, Heikki Ellilä, Henrika Jormfeldt, Mari Lahti, Agnes Higgins, Brian Keogh, Oonagh Meade, Jan Sitvast, Ingela Skärsäter, Theo Stickley, Nina Kilkku
Mental health promotion remains an important component of mental health nursing practice. Supporting wellness at both the individual and societal levels has been identified as one of the key tenets of mental health promotion. However, the prevailing biomedical paradigm of mental health education and practice has meant that many nurses have not been equipped to incorporate a wellness perspective into their mental health practice. In the present study, we report on an exploratory study which details the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by master-level mental health nurses to practice within a wellness paradigm from the perspective of three groups of key stakeholders: (i) service users and family members (n = 23); (ii) experienced mental health nurses (n = 49); and (iii) master-level mental health nursing students (n = 37)...
August 7, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Daniel Bressington, Wai Tong Chien, Jolene Mui, Kar Kei Claire Lam, Ziyad Mahfoud, Jacquie White, Richard Gray
The aim of the present study was to establish the feasibility of conducting a full-scale trial and to estimate the preliminary effect of a Chinese Health Improvement Profile (CHIP) intervention on self-reported physical well-being of people with severe mental illness (SMI). The study used a parallel-group, open-label, cluster-randomized, controlled trial (RCT) design. Twelve community psychiatric nurses (CPN) and their corresponding 137 patients with SMI were randomized into the CHIP or treatment-as-usual (TAU) groups...
August 7, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Åsa Priebe, Lena Wiklund Gustin, Lennart Fredriksson
The prevalence of dual diagnosis, that is, the combination of psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders, is high. As a vast majority of previous research in this context focusses on the effects of different treatment methods, rather than interpersonal issues, the purpose of the present study was to explore and illuminate in what way patients with a dual diagnosis experience conversations with nurses in an outpatient clinic to be caring. Five patients were interviewed regarding their experiences of caring conversations...
August 7, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Yoo Mi Jeong, Tonda L Hughes, Linda McCreary, Timothy P Johnson, Chang Park, Heeseung Choi
The aim of the present study was to validate the Korean American Parental Depression Literacy Scale (Parental D-Lit Scale), which was modified from Griffith's Depression Literacy Scale based on expert reviews, individual and focus group interviews, and a cross-sectional, self-administered survey. Survey participants included Korean American mothers (n = 107, 74.8%) and fathers (n = 36, 25.2%) of adolescent children. We examined reliability and validity using exploratory factor analysis (EFA), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), and correlational and comparison analyses...
August 7, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Michelle Cleary, Rachel Kornhaber, Jan Sayers, Richard Gray
The aim of the present qualitative, systematic review was to identify and summarize qualitative research that focussed on mental health nurse prescribing, synthesize findings, and outline key themes discerned. In November 2016, a systematic search was conducted for primary studies of the electronic databases PubMed, Excerpta Medica, (Embase), Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Scopus, and PsycINFO. Of the 101 papers identified through the search strategy, 12 qualitative studies met the review inclusion criteria...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Theresa A Larkin, Asmahan Elgellaie, Elfriede Ashcroft
The ventrogluteal site is increasingly recommended for long-acting antipsychotic intramuscular injections; however, it remains infrequently utilized due to nurses' lack of confidence in site identification. The more recent G (geometric) method of ventrogluteal site identification is less subjective and likely more reliable than the V method for successful intramuscular injection outcomes. Knowledge of muscle and subcutaneous fat thicknesses, and the influence of sex and anthropometry on theoretical injection outcome, is necessary to support evidence-based use of the ventrogluteal site...
July 28, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Marissa N Stalman, Sarah L Canham, Atiya Mahmood, David King, Norm O'Rourke
High prevalence rates of alcohol and substance use disorders have been reported among persons with bipolar disorder (BD). In the present study, we explored the daily experiences of middle-aged and older adults living with BD who reported regular substance use and the ways in which participants expressed 'control' in relation to their use of alcohol and other substances. Semistructured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 12 participants (nine women and three men), aged 36-57 years of age (mean = 49 years)...
July 28, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Rochelle Helena Hine, Darryl Maybery, Melinda Jane Goodyear
Social connection is a fundamental human need, but challenging for individuals with characteristics that are socially stigmatized. Parenting with mental illness presents obstacles, as well as opportunities, for connection. In the present study, we examined connectedness within a personal recovery paradigm for rural mothers with a mental illness. In-depth interviews with 17 mothers with a mental illness, utilizing constructivist grounded theory, resulted in six categories of meaning, including 'yearning for connection', 'connecting intensely', 'encountering rejection and exclusion', 'choosing isolation', 'being known', and 'finding peers/helping others'...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Kim Foster, Sophie Isobel
Facilitating parent-child and family connections during parental hospitalization provides important opportunities for mental health services to support individual and family recovery. Nurses are often the primary point of contact for families in the inpatient context. They play an integral role in the care provision of consumers and families and in supporting consumers' recovery. The aim of the present qualitative study was to explore nurses' practice with families in inpatient mental health settings in the context of designated family rooms...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Helen Butler, Anthony John O'Brien
Compared to the general population, people with pre-existing serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) have higher rates of physical illness and die at an earlier age, raising questions about their palliative and end-of-life care needs when they are diagnosed with an incurable physical illness. In the present study, we explored access to specialist palliative care services within one New Zealand health district. Routinely-collected, de-identified patient information on a cohort of people diagnosed with SPMI, and receiving specialist palliative care services from the Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), was compared to the general population from the same health district...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Toby Smith, Allan Clark, Emily Dodd, Mary-Ellen Khoo, Sarah Heneker, Jane Cross, Rik Cheston, Richard Gray, Chris Fox, Fiona Nolan
Hospital adverse events, such as falls, violence and aggression, security, self-harm, and suicide, are difficult to manage in older people with dementia. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether protected engagement time (PET) resulted in lower adverse events and incidents compared to comparable non-PET wards for people admitted to inpatient older people's mental health wards. Ten inpatient wards for older people were included. Five followed a PET-management pathway, while five continued usual care...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Martin Salzmann-Erikson
Scholars across different disciplines use Twitter to promote research and to communicate with society. Most conferences nowadays have their unique hashtag in which participants can communicate in real time. Previous research has reported on conference participants' use of Twitter, but no such studies are available in the field of mental health nursing. Thus, the explicit aim of the present study was to examine conference participants' use of Twitter during the 42nd International Mental Health Nursing Conference...
June 29, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Nina Petersen Reed, Staffan Josephsson, Sissel Alsaker
Mental health services have changed over the past decades through an increased emphasis on deinstitutionalization and normalization, and with recovery processes situated in everyday life as a new locus of support. These changes have led to a need for new knowledge and methods concerning the provision of community mental health services. The aim of the present study was to explore how community mental health workers provide support to users, by investigating professionals' own narratives of how they work. Seven community mental health workers participated in narrative interviews, which were subject to a qualitative, interpretive analysis...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Yenna Salamonson, Lucie M Ramjan, Amy R Villarosa, Brahm Marjadi
Due to an ageing workforce, there is a growing need for greater numbers of nurses to work in areas, such as mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) rehabilitation. These practitioners need to approach their work as 'recovery-oriented practitioners'. Positive experiences and preceptorship during clinical placement in AOD rehabilitation settings might influence students' later career choices and address some of the workforce shortage issues. The aim of the present concurrent, mixed-methods study was to explore students' perceptions of their clinical placement experience in a community-based AOD rehabilitation setting, and to examine attitude, career intention, and satisfaction with the placement...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Niels Buus, Cynthia Delgado, Michael Traynor, Henrik Gonge
This present study is a report of an interview study exploring personal views on participating in group clinical supervision among mental health nursing staff members who do not participate in supervision. There is a paucity of empirical research on resistance to supervision, which has traditionally been theorized as a supervisee's maladaptive coping with anxiety in the supervision process. The aim of the present study was to examine resistance to group clinical supervision by interviewing nurses who did not participate in supervision...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Michael Olasoji, Virginia Plummer, Fiona Reed, Sini Jacob, Liam Shaw, Michelle Shanti, Wendy Cross
The involvement of consumers in handover with nurses has been identified as reducing miscommunication and a reduction in adverse events in generalist nursing settings. Mental health (MH) care is complex, and handover practices need to fit with the philosophy of recovery-focussed practice. Recovery-focussed practice recognizes the person at the centre of care as an expert in their own treatment and decision-making. The aim of the present study was to explore the views of consumers with a mental illness, without prior involvement in nursing handover, about their need to be involved in nursing handover on an acute mental health inpatient unit...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
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