Margot Phaneuf, R.N., Ph.D.
Psychiatric nursing can be diversified and dynamic but all too often the nurse’s role is passive centred on dispensing medication and observing the patients’ behaviour. Clearly, we must recognize the importance of such interventions, but the constant presence of the nurse warrants the use of more constructive, pertinent means employed at the very moment when a problem manifests itself. These interventions could be very useful in helping the patient and maintaining the work of the interdisciplinary team by assuring a more rigorous follow-up.
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