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Nursing an Adolescent in an Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit

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dc.contributor.advisor Nelson, Kathy
dc.contributor.author Valette, Diane
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-29T02:56:50Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-05T01:12:52Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-29T02:56:50Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-05T01:12:52Z
dc.date.copyright 2002
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18529
dc.description.abstract In New Zealand many adolescents in need of acute mental health care are admitted to adult mental health units. This situation results in mental health nurses working in the inpatient setting, working with increasing numbers of adolescent patients. Nurses are therefore often presented with the challenge of how to meet, and address, the specialised health needs of this particular group of health consumers. Nurses whose experience lies in adult mental health and who are not accustomed to nursing adolescents, may easily become frustrated or bewildered by the adolescent patient. Adolescent behaviour can be misinterpreted by nurses, and their physical appearances can misguide nurses into treating them either like a child or an adult. These misconceptions can often have a negative effect on the adolescent patient, and may impinge on their mental health as well as affecting their developmental growth. This research paper reports on an exploration of the key elements nurses need to be aware of to effectively nurse adolescents in an adult inpatient unit. It describes the developmental needs and significant influences that affect this age-group, that when incorporated into nursing care, nurses can gain a therapeutic relationship with the adolescent. By means of a literature review, sharing my experience in nursing adolescents and through vignettes of practice, an illustration of some common situations that may occur during the adolescent's inpatient stay are described. These situations are explored and a perspective is offered on how nurses may be effective in their nursing of an adolescent patient from the point of admission through to discharge. More research is needed on adolescent mental health nursing, however nurses will be able to use this report as a helpful resource in their current practice. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Youth culture en_NZ
dc.subject Teenagers en_NZ
dc.subject Young adults en_NZ
dc.subject Paediatrics en_NZ
dc.subject Mental health en_NZ
dc.subject Therapeutic relationship en_NZ
dc.subject Evidence based practice en_NZ
dc.subject Literature review en_NZ
dc.subject Reflective practice en_NZ
dc.subject Adolescents en_NZ
dc.title Nursing an Adolescent in an Adult Inpatient Mental Health Unit en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.cinahl Nurse-Patient Relations en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.cinahl Practical Nursing Education en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 321100 Nursing en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 321204 Mental Health en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Masters Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Nursing en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts (Applied) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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