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6th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 27-29, 2022 | Orlando, USA

October 27 -29, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA
NWC 2022

Ahmed Alanazi

Speaker at  Nursing World Conference 2022 - Ahmed Alanazi
The University of Texas at Arlington, United States
Title : The professional experience of nurses working in psychiatric units with patients expressing ongoing suicidal ideation. Qualitative interpretive Meta-Synthesis (QIMS)


Background: The negative consequences of nurses working in psychiatric units or mental health facilities are covered in the literature; however, limited researches examine the experiences from the nurses’ perspectives. This qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis (QIMS) explores the professional experience of nurses working in psychiatric units with patients expressing ongoing suicidal ideation (SI). The paper comprises five studies that were conducted in geographically different locations, such as the United States, Norway, U.K and Sweden. The QIMS approach was developed particularly for social work researchers to synthesize the outcomes of several qualitative studies regarding certain topics into a new synergetic comprehension.

Methods: QIMS approach utilizes the qualitative responses of nurses working specifically with suicidal patients and allows the findings to develop collective themes and novel perspectives that can help future studies. The initial search provided a significant number of studies that were narrowed down to five articles based on specific research criteria. The articles were coded, combined and extensively reviewed by the researchers to elicit novel themes, ideas, and quotes allowing for an overall understanding of the material.

Results: The nurses’ depictions of their work experience identified multiple themes that include messages and beliefs, clients and staff feelings, therapeutic relationship, establishing a safe environment, and emotions towards clients’ crises. The nurses described their personal and professional experiences working in wards with clients who need intense ongoing observation and care. The responses portray the influence that work experience has made on their personalities in understanding themselves and their perspectives of suicidal patients.

Implications: This paper has two goals: (1) to identify the factors that undermine the ability of psychiatric nurses who work in open/closed wards in a mental health facility, (2) to inform the audience about the amount of emotional and physical burden that psychiatric nurses routinely experience.