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The philosophy of psychiatric nursing.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
12
Pages
28–33
Identifiers
PMID: 2123668
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

In this panoramic overview of the meanings of mental health care, Philip Barker maps out the birth (or rebirth) of the philosophy of psychiatric nursing. The time is ripe for a fundamental re-examination of the main premises and values of the nursing culture, and for the rejection of concepts which have outlived their usefulness. Returning the focus of psychiatric nursing to the identity of the person in care, the 'binding' of the nurse and patient, regardless of conventional and expected roles, is the most important issue on the psychiatric agenda. Dr. Barker's brilliant analysis challenges psychiatric nurses to review their own values and practices, and acts as a catalyst for change.

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