Title

The Nature of Expert Psychiatric Nurse Practice: A Grounded Theory Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1997

Abstract

  • This study examines what psychiatric nurses regard as the nature of expert psychiatric nurse practice.
  • The study focuses on the beliefs and principles of psychiatric nurses currently working within a psychiatric unit.
  • Using grounded theory methodology, data were coded and analysed, producing an integrated framework of expert psychiatric nurse practice comprised of four core variables: ‘attitudes/philosophy’, ‘knowledge’, ‘skills’ and ‘roles’.
  • It is suggested that the nature of expert psychiatric practice is an evolutionary concept and that as this practice develops the integrated theory presented will need to develop in parallel.

Comments

To acquire a personal use copy of this work, contact John Cutcliffe at john.cutcliffe@wright.edu.

DOI

10.1111/j.1365-2702.1997.tb00321.x