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Guidance aims to help nurses talk to vulnerable hospital patients
Ok, maybe I'm biased as one of the authors was one of my lecturers when I trained 25yrs ago but...This looks a really useful resource. Some of it may seem 'common sense', but in situations that make you feel anxious, the reassurance that those 'common sense'/human responses are the correct ones can be helpful.
Both as a nurse who's heard some of the comments made re: patients with mental health problems, has been called by staff re a suicidal patient who haven't known what to do and so have 'run away' and left patient/not spoken to them, seen patients who've missed their regular meds due to being nil by mouth stigmatised when develop the inevitable symptoms etc; but also as a patient who's been left with a very different view of nursing, scared, alone, and so desperate whilst in a general hospital post-suicide attempt I resorted to phoning community crisis service for advice with last of my mobile battery, this resource is much-needed.
Hopefully the advice in it, and addressing some of non-specialist staff's fears, can be one of those 'small change, big difference' things. If it allows even one more patient to feel safe in hospital, it is worthwhile.
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