“Being good or evil”: applying a common staff approach when caring for patients with psychiatric disease
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, Vol. 3, no 4, 219-229 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study was performed to gain a deeper understanding of how psychiatric staff, when caring for patients with psychiatric disease, experience situations that include a common staff approach directed toward an individual client. Nine nurses were interviewed. The interviews were analyzed with a phenomenological-hermeneutic method in order to illuminate the lived experience of applying a common staff approach. The results revealed several meanings: shedding light on carers' mutual relationships; being deserted by nurse colleagues; being aware of one's own basis of evaluation, and that of others; being judged by the patient as good or evil; and becoming sensitive to the patient's suffering. The comprehensive understanding was that the nurse has a difficult choice—to focus on relations with one's colleagues or to focus on the situation of the patient, who seems to suffer when a common staff approach is used.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 3, no 4, 219-229 p.
Common staff approach; phenomenological; hermeneutic; nursing; psychiatry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-19083DOI: 10.1080/17482620802042297OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-19083DiVA: diva2:201329