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Our clinical nursing articles aim to inform and educate nurse practitioners and students. This is achieved through the publication of peer-reviewed, evidence-based, relevant and topical articles.

Effects of dance on mood and potential of dance as a mental health intervention

Effects of dance on mood and potential of dance as a mental health intervention

Mental health nurses could consider using dance as a mental health intervention

A national survey of psychiatric intensive care, low secure and locked rehabilitation units

A national survey of psychiatric intensive care, low secure and locked rehabilitation...

Why you should read this article: • To learn about the differences between psychiatric intensive care, low secure and locked rehabilitation units • To understand how service provision in psychiatric intensive care, low secure and locked rehabilitation units has changed since 2006 • To gather information on the types of interventions offered by the different psychiatric intensive care facilities Psychiatric intensive care can take place in a variety of settings, including psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs), low secure units (LSUs) and locked rehabilitation units (LRUs). These units have a range of referral, admission and discharge care pathways, staffing profiles and core interventions. The aim of this service evaluation was to compare present provision in PICUs and LSUs with results from the first national survey of PICUs and LSUs in 2006. The service evaluation also aimed to define the role of LRUs. The authors used a cross-sectional, ‘census day’ questionnaire with six-month follow-up design. Overall, 111 NHS units participated in the evaluation. Results included that PICUs were smaller and usually had a mixed-sex distribution of service users; LSUs mostly comprised single-sex facilities; and LRUs mostly comprised single-sex units with a significantly longer mean length of stay than the other types of unit. PICUs primarily cared for service users exhibiting acute behavioural disturbance, first-episode psychosis or psychotic crisis and, compared with the other types of unit, more often used high-dose medication and electroconvulsive therapy.

Nurse leadership in implementing digital change in an Irish mental health service

Nurse leadership in implementing digital change in an Irish mental health service

The implementation of an electronic health record system in a private mental health service

Evaluating mental health nurses’ confidence in recognising a physically deteriorating...

How an Early Warning Score can support nurses to recognise when patients are deteriorating

Patient and public involvement for mental health researchers

Understanding the practical and ethical issues involved

‘Today We Talked’: using a collaborative approach to transform care in the psychiatric intensive care unit

‘Today We Talked’: using a collaborative approach to transform care in the psychiatric...

Understanding the experiences of people who need intensive mental healthcare

Sleep disturbances in bereaved older people: a review of the literature

Sleep disturbances in bereaved older people: a review of the literature

Older people who have recently been bereaved are likely to experience sleep disturbances

Evaluating the effects of appointing an associate nurse consultant to a CAMHS team

Evaluating the effects of appointing an associate nurse consultant to a CAMHS team

A service evaluation of the effects of the newly developed post in County Durham

Promoting the sexual health of people living with severe mental illness

Promoting the sexual health of people living with severe mental illness

Nurses’ attitudes toward sexual health among patients with severe mental illness

Issues affecting trans* young people: considerations for mental health nurses

Support for mental health nurses to enhance awareness of the needs of trans* young people

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Empowering migrants during the resettlement process: applying Peplau’s theory of interpersonal relations

Empowering migrants during the resettlement process: applying Peplau’s theory

Peplau’s theory could be used to guide and empower migrants

Recognising elderspeak and how to avoid its use with older people

Recognising elderspeak and how to avoid its use with older people

Elderspeak can be described as an over-adjustment of speech made towards older people

Enhancing physical health monitoring in people with severe mental illness

The development and implementation of a physical health passport

Exploring the effects of clinical simulation on nursing students’ learning and practice

How simulation-based learning can increase students’ confidence before placements

Reporting and recording sexual safety incidents in inpatient mental health settings

A programme to improve the sexual safety of people in mental health inpatient settings

Developing the mindful nurse practitioner

Evidence for, and benefits of, offering mindfulness programmes during nurse education

Stigma and help-seeking behaviours of men with depression: a literature review

Strategies that could be used to improve men’s engagement in mental health services

Exploring the benefits of a psychoeducation session for patients with chronic...

Recognising the co-morbid mental health conditions that patients with COPD experience

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