The determinants of psychiatric nursing practice: a comparison of sociological perspectives

Authors: Porter, S.

Journal: Journal of advanced nursing

Volume: 18

Issue: 10

Pages: 1559-1566

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Authors: Porter, S.

Journal: J Adv Nurs

Volume: 18

Issue: 10

Pages: 1559-1566

ISSN: 0309-2402

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1993.18101559.x

This paper commences by observing that psychiatric nurses tend not to interact with their clients in a therapeutic fashion. It is not clear, however, whether this is due to the nature of psychiatric institutions or to the attitudes of individual nurses. Contrasting social theories which posit either the importance of social structures, or of individual interpretations as determinants of behaviour, are outlined. These are then applied to the problem of psychiatric nursing practice. It is argued that while there are strengths in both theoretical positions, neither on their own can adequately characterize the complexity of the problem. Rather than attempting to explain influences upon psychiatric nursing practice in terms of either structure or action, we should appreciate the importance of, and relationship between, both factors. Given the rapid changes occurring in mental health nursing, research into factors influencing practice will become increasingly important. In order to explain developments adequately, researchers will need to take account of the duality of structure and action.

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Authors: Porter, S.

Journal: Journal of Advanced Nursing

Volume: 18

Issue: 10

Pages: 1559-1566

eISSN: 1365-2648

ISSN: 0309-2402

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1993.18101559.x

This paper commences by observing that psychiatric nurses tend not to interact with their clients in a therapeutic fashion It is not clear, however, whether this is due to the nature of psychiatric institutions or to the attitudes of individual nurses Contrasting social theories which posit either the importance of social structures, or of individual interpretations as determinants of behaviour, are outlined These are then applied to the problem of psychiatric nursing practice It is argued that while there are strengths in both theoretical positions, neither on their own can adequately characterize the complexity of the problem Rather than attempting to explain influences upon psychiatric nursing practice in terms of either structure or action, we should appreciate the importance of, and relationship between, both factors Given the rapid changes occurring in mental health nursing, research into factors influencing practice will become increasingly important In order to explain developments adequately, researchers will need to take account of the duality of structure and action Copyright © 1993, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

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Authors: Porter, S.

Journal: Journal of advanced nursing

Volume: 18

Issue: 10

Pages: 1559-1566

eISSN: 1365-2648

ISSN: 0309-2402

This paper commences by observing that psychiatric nurses tend not to interact with their clients in a therapeutic fashion. It is not clear, however, whether this is due to the nature of psychiatric institutions or to the attitudes of individual nurses. Contrasting social theories which posit either the importance of social structures, or of individual interpretations as determinants of behaviour, are outlined. These are then applied to the problem of psychiatric nursing practice. It is argued that while there are strengths in both theoretical positions, neither on their own can adequately characterize the complexity of the problem. Rather than attempting to explain influences upon psychiatric nursing practice in terms of either structure or action, we should appreciate the importance of, and relationship between, both factors. Given the rapid changes occurring in mental health nursing, research into factors influencing practice will become increasingly important. In order to explain developments adequately, researchers will need to take account of the duality of structure and action.

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