Clinical

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.

Do third-year mental health nursing students feel prepared to assess physical health?

Background The life expectancy for people with mental health issues is significantly lower...

The care programme approach and the politics of ‘personality disorder’

A postgraduate mental health nursing student refers to an incident in practice to reflect on...

Nurses’ views on reflective practice sessions in a medium secure unit

Aim Reflective practice is essential in the development of autonomous, critical and advanced...

Therapeutic pluralism in mental health nursing practice

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a much-debated subject in terms of its efficacy and...

The concept of recovery and its practical application

Recovery is a contested concept and definitions of it are scattered across various contexts...

Nursing students’ attitudes towards patients with borderline personality disorder

Background Negative attitudes and stigma towards patients with borderline personality...

An audit of service users’ perception of choice in a 24-hour mental health setting

Background Choice enables patient autonomy and independence, and equalises power dynamics...

Out of the shadows: de-medicalising mental health nursing

This article examines the idea of mental health nursing as separate from psychiatry, but...

The spiritual needs of inpatient mental health service users: theoretical and practical...

This article introduces the concept of spirituality in mental healthcare and its relevance...

Language use and recovery-oriented practice: a preliminary outline

Despite stronger regulation, there is persistent public concern about the practice values of...

Singing to promote mental health and well-being

This article reports on a qualitative research project that explored the benefits of...

Evaluation of Safewards in forensic mental health: a response

Safewards is a multimodal intervention aimed at reducing conflict and containment events in...

The benefits of therapeutic writing in acute psychiatric units

This article outlines the flexible approach developed by a writing practitioner when leading...

Use and efficacy of a borderline personality disorder tool

The self-identification and evaluation of borderline personality disorder (BPD) tool, also...

Enhancing research awareness with a research and development ‘spoke’ placement

Two nurses – one working in an education and training department, the other in a research...

The case for positive risk-taking to promote recovery

The research available on the use of positive risk-taking in clinical practice is...

Assessing organisational core values in a medium secure forensic unit

This article discusses a survey aimed at identifying staff views on the core values in place...

How a service-user educator can provide insight into the recovery experience

This article describes a collaboratively designed and delivered teaching and learning...

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