Upplevelser av att bemöta patienter med psykisk ohälsa
: ett sjuksköterskeperspektiv inom vården

Translated title of the thesis: Experiences of encountering mental health illness in health care: A nurses perspective within the health care system
  • Atena Shamshiri

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Abstract

    Background: Mental health illness is common within the Swedish population and is considered an endemic disease. People with mental health illness can suffer from psychological or physical issues and will turn to the health care system, where they will meet nurses. Aim: Shed light on nurses’ experiences of encountering patients with mental health illness in health care facilities. Method: A literature review based on eight qualitative studies. Result: Three main categories and two subcategories were created. The first main category was the importance of education in the encounter with patients with mental health illness with positive experiences in regards to the importance of education and negative experiences in regards to the importance of education as subcategories. The second main category was perceived professional role in the encounter with patients with mental health illness. The third main category was perceived feelings in the encounter with patients with mental illness. The subcategories were positive experiences and negative experiences. Discussion: Findings in the main categories were discussed, where the nurses' lack of knowledge and skills are evident. This means that patients with mental health illness are not cared for in a way they should. The lack of knowledge can lead to fear of the unknown as well as feeling like psychiatry isn't a part of the general nurses’ responsibility.

    Date of Award2015-Dec-22
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorMalin Sundström (Supervisor) & Gerth Hedov (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Medical and Health Sciences (3)

    Keywords

    • nurses’ experience
    • lived experience
    • encounter
    • mental health illness
    • health

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