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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.

Posted date

26 July, 2014

Posted time

1:38 am