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Practice environment key to therapeutic work

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Good practice environments can help mental health nurses engage therapeutically with inpatients, according to an Australian study.

Research published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies found that programmes such as preceptorship, continued education and development, and involvement in running the organisation they work for can influence a nurse’s ability to develop a therapeutic relationship.

The study, based on a survey of 76 nurses, concluded that developing a therapeutic relationship is “the central aspect of nursing work in mental health”.

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