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.

The relevance of spirituality to nursing practice and education

Nursing research has shown that taking care of the spiritual needs of service users is an...

Monitoring physical health in patients with serious mental illness

The average life expectancy of people with serious mental illness (SMI) is up to 25 years...

A collaborative formulation framework for service users with personality disorders

Research about effective treatment for mental health service users with personality...

Developing a patient leave request form for a secure setting

After incidents of absconding and escape from a medium-secure hospital a review was...

Developing authentic mental health nursing research and practice

Throughout a project to research therapeutic relationships between women with anorexia and...

Self-efficacy and job satisfaction in nurses who care for mentally disordered offenders

The relationship between self-efficacy and job satisfaction is multifaceted. Nurses might...

Shared-experience groups in a high-secure psychiatric hospital

This study explores the benefits of shared-experience groups from a service user’s...

Behavioural activation: self-help options for depression

Mental health professionals are increasingly expected to deliver evidence-based...

Supporting veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder

The very nature of working in conflict zones makes former soldiers vulnerable to symptoms of...

Cognitive behaviour therapy for schizophrenia in a community mental health team

This article describes an audit of national guidelines for cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT...

The potential benefits of colour in supporting people with compulsive hoarding disorder

Public health officials are beginning to recognise the significance of compulsive hoarding...

Books, meaning and hope

A reading group was set up to address a lack of collaborative social activities for people...

The effectiveness of drama therapy for children who have witnessed domestic abuse

Witnessing domestic violence can have a devastating effect on children’s development...

Time to address inappropriate use of section 62 ‘urgent treatment’

There are concerns that urgent treatment under section 62 of the Mental Health Act 1983 is...

Does the practice of care planning live up to the theory for mental health nursing...

Care planning should be a collaboration between the service user, caregivers and the...

Deliberate self-harm among adults in prisons

This article explores barriers that prevent or interfere with the implementation of policies...

Acute inpatient care in the UK. Part 2: managing risk

Clients in acute mental health wards are at risk of weight gain associated with...

Alcohol liaison services in a general hospital

This article reports on the first year of an alcohol specialist liaison nurse working in a...

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