Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0034-7167
DUARTE, Maria de Lourdes Custódio and OLSCHOWSKY, Agnes. Actions of nurses in a psychiatric hospitalization unit at a university hospital. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.64, n.4, pp. 698-703. ISSN 0034-7167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71672011000400011.
Nursing care in mental health has been undergoing a process of paradigmatic change, from the asylum model to the pychosocial support. The aim of this study is to identify nurses' practices in a psychiatric ward in a university hospital. An exploratory and descriptive study of qualitative approach was conducted. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. The results showed the apprehension of new concepts to guide mental health care: embracement, comprehensive care and individual consideration of the users' subjectivity guided nurses' practices. These practices are permeated by issues that go beyond the biological aspects, and include family and society.
Keywords : Nursing; Psychiatric Nursing; Mental health; University hospitals.