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Are nurses superfluous in PICUs?
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2610-8998
2015 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care, ISSN 1742-6464, E-ISSN 1744-2206, Vol. 11, no s1, e4Article in journal, Letter (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Comments on an article What are PICUs for? by Len Bowers (2012). Len Bowers held that traditional psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) are under threat due to organisational changes in the health care system. In addition, PICUs are often assessed when exploring cost-cutting measures, since a traditional 10-bed PICU is almost never occupied by ten patients with a need for PICU environment. The author argues that developing a PICU cultural-specific language and teaching nurses to become more self-reflective in their roles in the PICU care culture may not only justify the existence of PICU; it may also shift the view of PICU as a whole, from being 'the punitive ward' to becoming 'the elite ward' where competence flourishes.

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2015. Vol. 11, no s1, e4
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intensive care, nurses, health care services
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20230DOI: 10.1017/S1742646415000102OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20230DiVA: diva2:852732
Available from: 2015-09-10 Created: 2015-09-10 Last updated: 2016-09-09Bibliographically approved

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