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An investigation into how community mental health nurses assess the risk of violence from their clients

Murphy, NA 2004, 'An investigation into how community mental health nurses assess the risk of violence from their clients' , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 11 (4) , pp. 407-413.

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    Abstract

    Part of the community mental health nurse's (CMHN) role is the assessment of violence posed by clients. It explores factors such as the reduction of inpatient beds and the predictability of violent acts towards nursing staff. This study outlines how the risk of violence is assessed by generic CMHNs, by examining their awareness, understanding and perceptions of violence posed by their clients. The data were collected in one Trust, using questionnaire and focus groups. The findings emphasize the importance of historical evidence but also raise the issue of gut feelings of the nurse. They further identify that clinical judgement can be accurate in assessing for violence, and CMHNs relied upon experience and personal impressions of the presenting evidence, rather than through the use of a standardized instrument.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
    Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1351-0126
    Depositing User: Neil Murphy
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 13:34
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:29
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22950

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