Categorizing "Frequent Visitors" in the Psychiatric Emergency Room: A Semistructured Interview Study

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Nurses can become demoralized and hostile toward frequent visitors in psychiatric emergency rooms because of the number of visits. The aim of this study was to develop more knowledge about the ways in which nurses categorize frequent visitors. Eleven nurses were interviewed, and their categorizing practices were examined from a social constructionist perspective. The results showed that the nurses did not categorize frequent visitors as particularly unlikeable or difficult to treat. Like other visitors, they could be categorized as difficult if they obstructed a smooth flow of successful referrals through the emergency room and/or there was poor rapport with the nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

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