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The experience of being a psychiatric nurse in South Africa: A qualitative systematic review.

Authors
  • Alburquerque-Sendín, Francisco1
  • Ferrari, Angelica Viana2
  • Rodrigues-de-Souza, Daiana Priscila3
  • Paras-Bravo, Paula4
  • Velarde-García, Juan Francisco5
  • Palacios-Ceña, Domingo6
  • 1 Department of Social and Health Sciences, Radiology and Physical Medicine, Universidad de Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain. , (Spain)
  • 2 Federal University of São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil. , (Brazil)
  • 3 Department of Social and Health Sciences, Radiology and Physical Medicine, Universidad de Cordoba, Córdoba, Spain. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Spain)
  • 4 Nursing Department, Universidad de Cantabria, Cantabria, Spain. , (Spain)
  • 5 Department of Nursing, Spanish Red Cross, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón (IiSGM), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain. , (Spain)
  • 6 Department of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Physical Medicine, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain. , (Spain)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing outlook
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Volume
66
Issue
3
Pages
293–310
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2018.01.002
PMID: 29573827
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to summarize the experiences of African psychiatric nurses in their workplace by examining the findings of existing qualitative studies. Eleven studies published in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, between 1998 and 2016, which explored psychiatric nurses' experiences in Africa, were included. After meta-aggregation, five key findings were identified: 1) organization and management, 2) perceptions of professional safety and insecurity, 3) relationship with the patient, 4) emotional experiences and 5) recommendations for improvement. The findings in this study highlight the stressful nature of the work climate of the psychiatric nurse in South Africa. More focus on improving working conditions and providing support is necessary to increase the quality of care for psychiatric mental health patients and their nurse providers. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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