The real life practice of acute in-patient mental health nurses: an anlysis of 'eight-related bundles of activity'

Deacon, M and Fairhurst, E 2008, 'The real life practice of acute in-patient mental health nurses: an anlysis of 'eight-related bundles of activity'' , Nursing Inquiry, 15 (4) , pp. 330-340.

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This study focuses on nursing in an inpatient mental health setting. Its analytic structure follows from a previous review of nursing studies by Allen, which did not include studies of mental health nursing. Allen's review concluded that the nurses' role coud be understood as that of the healthcare intermediary and that nurses' work could be analysd as eight inter-realted bundles of activity. These bundles include such matters as managing the work of others. This study aims to assess the fit of this model to mental health nursing and to add to the body of work on the social organisation of nursing. The research materials discussed are from an ethngraphy of a psychiatric unit. The analytic framework employed leads us to conclude that the work of mental health nurses can be understood, too, as that of the healthcare intermediary. However, one bundle is found to fit less well and this is attributed to the fragile uncertainty of knowledge in psychiatry. The use of an additional bundle to decribe in-context nursing interventions is suggested. It is argued that getting to grips with the reflexive relatinship between individual patient care and the social organisation in which this is practised is essential for any practice development efforts.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Inquiry
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13207881
Depositing User: E Fairhurst
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 10:31
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 12:49

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