Transcending Limits: Reflections on Ambiguities in Nurses' Mental Health Roles

Bidragets oversatte titel: Modet til at overskride grænser: Refleksioner over rolleforvirring i psykiatrisk sygeplejepraksis

Camilla Margrethe Lyhne Overgaard, Janne Brammer Damsgaard*, Svend Brinkmann

*Corresponding author

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Mental health nurses play a crucial role in the care and treatment of persons with mental health issues. However, shifts in policy direction, health service delivery, and nursing education seem to have led to increased role ambiguity. Delving into research literature, this reflective paper sheds light on how psychiatric nursing often operates within a context dominated by medical models and a diagnostic culture. We contend that the absence of an existential and psychosocial focus in mental health care services poses a significant challenge for psychiatric nursing practice. To address this, nurses should look beyond their professional roles, acknowledge the individual, and engage in a relational, narrative approach that prioritizes the “small things” of interaction. Meaningful treatment and care aren't about applying pre-established answers to complex situations. Instead, it involves “transcending limits” deploying the courage to step outside the professional confines and delve deeper than symptoms, listening to the unique meanings these may hold for each person. It is imperative that mental health practice reflects this understanding and embraces a life-experimental approach.
Bidragets oversatte titelModet til at overskride grænser: Refleksioner over rolleforvirring i psykiatrisk sygeplejepraksis
TidsskriftTidsskrift for psykisk helsearbeid
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)58-69
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - 12 mar. 2024


  • Psykiatrisk sygepleje
  • Omsorg
  • Rolleforvirring
  • Vilkårlighed
  • Diagnosekultur
  • Eksistentielle aspekter

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