A Naturalistic Inquiry of Registered Nurses' Perspectives and Expectations of Psychodynamic Therapeutic Care in Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Facilities

Patricia Awty, Anthony Welch, Lisa Kuhn

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Within contemporary inpatient mental health nursing practice, the psychodynamic model of care considered previously to be central to the nurse-patient relationship now seems a radical concept. It appears to exist only within primary care facilities and public health care practice settings. This naturalistic inquiry aimed to explicate mental health nurses' perspectives and expectations of providing psychodynamic therapeutic care in acute inpatient psychiatric facilities. Ten registered nurses working in acute inpatient mental health facilities were interviewed. Five themes emerged: a career for life, relating in a psychodynamic manner, swimming against the current, adopting a position of difference, and hopeful expectancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-113
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Therapeutic delivery
  • Psychiatric inpatients
  • Registered nurses
  • Naturalistic inquiry

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