Primary nursing and the role of the nurse preceptor in changing long‐term mental health care

an evaluation

Paul Armitage*, Jeff Champney‐Smith, Kathy Andrews

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Abstract

The main aims of this action research study were to implement primary nursing in two long‐term psychiatric rehabilitation/continuing‐care wards and to investigate the effects of the intervention on the quality of nursing care provision. This evaluation took the form of a quasi‐expermental time series analysis. A package of measures together with a number of peripheral indicators was used before primary nursing was introduced on each ward and again after primary nursing had become established. The results showed that the implementation of primary nursing led to nurses being more accountable for care, residents who were seen to be more self‐sufficient and independent and wards which had an improved enviornment for care and rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-422
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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