A survey of the knowledge, experience and attitudes of Irish psychiatric nurses regarding clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder / [thesis] by Philip D. James

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/58553
Title:
A survey of the knowledge, experience and attitudes of Irish psychiatric nurses regarding clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder / [thesis] by Philip D. James
Authors:
James, Philip D.
Affiliation:
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Publisher:
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Issue Date:
27-Jun-2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/58553
Item Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Description:
The aim of this research was to gauge the knowledge, experience and attitudes of Irish psychiatric nurses towards clients with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. It also hoped to elicit the opinions of these nurses concerning the care and service delivered to these clients and how it might be improved. A quantitative survey was employed, using an adapted version of a previously tested questionnaire. All nurses working in a clinical role (n=157) within one psychiatric service in the Republic of Ireland were posted a copy of the questionnaire, of which 65 were returned yielding a response rate 41.4%. The results indicate that attitudes towards working with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder are positive, but practically all staff perceive them as a difficult client population to work with. Staff knowledge is reasonable but community staff appear to have higher knowledge levels than inpatient staff. The majority of respondents believe that the care currently delivered to these clients is inadequate for a variety of reasons and believe that agreed treatment protocols and the establishment of a specialist service for Borderline Personality Disorder are required in order to provide adequate care. The author discusses the findings and concludes that the health services need to rethink the care they offer to clients with Borderline Personality Disorder if best practice is to be achieved. Also, staff working with these clients require appropriate support, supervision and education.
Keywords:
PERSONALITY DISORDER; MENTAL HEALTH; PSYCHIATRIC NURSE; MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorJames, Philip D.-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T13:06:02Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T13:06:02Z-
dc.date.issued2005-06-27-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/58553-
dc.descriptionThe aim of this research was to gauge the knowledge, experience and attitudes of Irish psychiatric nurses towards clients with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. It also hoped to elicit the opinions of these nurses concerning the care and service delivered to these clients and how it might be improved. A quantitative survey was employed, using an adapted version of a previously tested questionnaire. All nurses working in a clinical role (n=157) within one psychiatric service in the Republic of Ireland were posted a copy of the questionnaire, of which 65 were returned yielding a response rate 41.4%. The results indicate that attitudes towards working with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder are positive, but practically all staff perceive them as a difficult client population to work with. Staff knowledge is reasonable but community staff appear to have higher knowledge levels than inpatient staff. The majority of respondents believe that the care currently delivered to these clients is inadequate for a variety of reasons and believe that agreed treatment protocols and the establishment of a specialist service for Borderline Personality Disorder are required in order to provide adequate care. The author discusses the findings and concludes that the health services need to rethink the care they offer to clients with Borderline Personality Disorder if best practice is to be achieved. Also, staff working with these clients require appropriate support, supervision and education.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoyal College of Surgeons in Irelanden
dc.subjectPERSONALITY DISORDERen
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTHen
dc.subjectPSYCHIATRIC NURSEen
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTH SERVICESen
dc.titleA survey of the knowledge, experience and attitudes of Irish psychiatric nurses regarding clients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder / [thesis] by Philip D. Jamesen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Service Executive (HSE)en
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