Mental health nurses' constructions of compassion: A discourse analysis.

BOND, Carmel, HUI, Ada, TIMMONS, Stephen and CHARLES, Ashleigh (2022). Mental health nurses' constructions of compassion: A discourse analysis. International journal of mental health nursing, 31 (5), 1186-1197.

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Compassion is an important element of contemporary nursing work. Compassion has been recognized as necessary for improving health outcomes. However, very little is known about how compassion is understood in the mental health practice setting. We conducted interviews with seven mental health nurses to explore their perspectives on compassion and views on compassion policy. Analysis of the data revealed that compassion was identified and discussed as Compassion as part of the person (and the profession); Compassion: Fundamental to the nursing role; Barriers to compassion; Perspectives on compassion policy. In addition, findings demonstrated ethical constraints on compassion in the mental health context, as well as the administrative burden on nurses more broadly, which was also a reported barrier to compassion. Mental health nurses identified compassion as fundamental to their clinical practice, yet compassion was impeded owing to practical and emotional constraints upon nurses. System-wide action must be taken to increase and support the mental health nursing workforce to strengthen the practice of compassion. This will be fundamental to improving health outcomes that are claimed to be enhanced by compassion. This study is reported according to the COREQ guidelines.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Empathy; Nurse's Role; Mental Health; Psychiatric Nursing; Nurses; compassion; discourse; mental health nursing; perspectives; compassion; discourse; mental health nursing; perspectives.; Empathy; Humans; Mental Health; Nurse's Role; Nurses; Psychiatric Nursing; 1110 Nursing; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1701 Psychology; Nursing; 3904 Specialist studies in education; 4203 Health services and systems; 4205 Nursing
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Page Range: 1186-1197
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2024 16:36
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2024 16:45

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