The role of the registered nurse in an acute mental health inpatient setting in New Zealand: perceptions versus reality.

@article{Fourie2005TheRO,
  title={The role of the registered nurse in an acute mental health inpatient setting in New Zealand: perceptions versus reality.},
  author={Willem J Fourie and Stuart McDonald and John Connor and Steve Bartlett},
  journal={International journal of mental health nursing},
  year={2005},
  volume={14 2},
  pages={134-41}
}
Following the closure of the large psychiatric institutions in New Zealand, there is an increasing demand for limited beds in acute inpatient facilities for acutely mentally ill patients. This change in location and downsizing of acute inpatient beds has challenged traditional roles of mental health nursing, resulting in confusion over what roles mental health nurses should now perform in the new context of care. This study compared the perceptions that registered psychiatric nurses have of… CONTINUE READING