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ERIC Number: EJ1057709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
"We Have to Be Satisfied with the Scraps": South African Nurses' Experiences of Care on Adult Psychiatric Intellectual Disability Inpatient Wards
Capri, Charlotte; Buckle, Chanellé
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v28 n3 p167-181 May 2015
Background: Migrating nursing labour inadvertently reinforces South Africa's care drain, contributes to a global care crisis and forces us to reconsider migration motivation. This paper highlights issues that complicate psychiatric intellectual disability nursing care and identifies loci for change in an attempt to redress this care challenge. Method: An exploratory descriptive-interpretivist method investigated nurses' experiences of psychiatric intellectual disability work. Sixteen free association narrative interviews were collected in 2013. Thematic analysis allowed findings to emerge from the data. Results: Findings reflect a number of themes: "relational interaction", "care burden", "system fatigue", "infantilising dynamic of care" and "resources for coping". Conclusion: System fatigue contributes more to negative experiences of providing care than direct patient work, and nurses experience more relational reciprocity from patients than from institutional management. Organizations should meet nurses' needs for burnout prevention, afford them impact in implementing institutional controls, and engage in a non-exploitative and non-exclusionary way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa