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Mental health nurses’ perceptions of establishing contact with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation

Joeri Vandewalle (UGent) , Dimitri Beeckman (UGent) , Eddy Deproost (UGent) , Ann Van Hecke (UGent) and Sofie Verhaeghe (UGent)
(2019)
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Mental health nurses’ perceptions of establishing contact with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation Background: Guidelines for suicide prevention strongly recommend nurses to establish contact with patients wherein they can feel safe, and feel free to talk about their suicidal thoughts and feelings. To inform nursing practice and education, there is an urgent need for an enhanced conceptual understanding of what constitutes such contact, how it is established in practice, and how this contact can be improved for the benefit of suicide prevention. Methods: A qualitative research design was adopted. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 nurses working in Flemish psychiatric hospitals. Inspired by core principles of grounded theory, data collection and data analysis interacted iteratively in order to develop the concepts and processes reflecting the nurses’ perceptions of establishing contact with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation. Results: By using constant comparison analysis, the understanding emerged that nurses strive towards establishing a ‘protective contact’ by means of three key processes; creating conditions for open and honest communication, developing an image of the patient and patient safety, and promoting patient safety. In addition, the study provide insight on how nurses embed these key processes in the interpersonal relationship they build with patients. Discussion: The insights support a growing body of knowledge which highlights that establishing contact with patients is a basic principle of suicide prevention. The findings indicate that the nurses efforts might be compromised when formal, legal, and technical aspects of care overshadow the particular need of patients for relational and emotional care. Conclusion: The developed conceptual framework can be applied to enhance and monitor the quality of contact that mental health nurses establish with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation.

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Vandewalle, Joeri, Dimitri Beeckman, Eddy Deproost, Ann Van Hecke, and Sofie Verhaeghe. 2019. “Mental Health Nurses’ Perceptions of Establishing Contact with Patients Who Are Experiencing Suicidal Ideation.” In .
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Vandewalle, Joeri, Beeckman, D., Deproost, E., Van Hecke, A., & Verhaeghe, S. (2019). Mental health nurses’ perceptions of establishing contact with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation. Presented at the CARE4 International Scientific Nursing and Midwifery Congress, Third Edition.
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Vandewalle J, Beeckman D, Deproost E, Van Hecke A, Verhaeghe S. Mental health nurses’ perceptions of establishing contact with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation. 2019.
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Vandewalle, Joeri et al. “Mental Health Nurses’ Perceptions of Establishing Contact with Patients Who Are Experiencing Suicidal Ideation.” 2019. Print.
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  abstract     = {Mental health nurses{\textquoteright} perceptions of establishing contact with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation
Background: Guidelines for suicide prevention strongly recommend nurses to establish contact with patients wherein they can feel safe, and feel free to talk about their suicidal thoughts and feelings. To inform nursing practice and education, there is an urgent need for an enhanced conceptual understanding of what constitutes such contact, how it is established in practice, and how this contact can be improved for the benefit of suicide prevention.
Methods: A qualitative research design was adopted. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 nurses working in Flemish psychiatric hospitals. Inspired by core principles of grounded theory, data collection and data analysis interacted iteratively in order to develop the concepts and processes reflecting the nurses{\textquoteright} perceptions of establishing contact with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation.
Results: By using constant comparison analysis, the understanding emerged that nurses strive towards establishing a {\textquoteleft}protective contact{\textquoteright} by means of three key processes; creating conditions for open and honest communication, developing an image of the patient and patient safety, and promoting patient safety. In addition, the study provide insight on how nurses embed these key processes in the interpersonal relationship they build with patients.
Discussion: The insights support a growing body of knowledge which highlights that establishing contact with patients is a basic principle of suicide prevention. The findings indicate that the nurses efforts might be compromised when formal, legal, and technical aspects of care overshadow the particular need of patients for relational and emotional care.
Conclusion: The developed conceptual framework can be applied to enhance and monitor the quality of contact that mental health nurses establish with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation.},
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  title        = {Mental health nurses{\textquoteright} perceptions of establishing contact with patients who are experiencing suicidal ideation},
  year         = {2019},
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