Comments, Critique, and Inspiration: The Disappearance of one-to-ones in acute psychiatric care.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Mona M. Shattell, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Do you remember “one-to-ones” in acute care? A “one-to-one” (not to be confused with “one-on-one,” an individual staff member who closely monitors a patient at all times) is a concept that may be unfamiliar to nurses who entered acute care psychiatric/mental health nursing within the past 10-15 years. One-to-ones are uninterrupted, lengthy, individual sit-down nurse-patient interactions. These one-to-ones were once an expected, necessary aspect of psychiatric/mental health nursing practice. Acute care psychiatric/mental health nurses were supposed to have at least one, one-to-one interaction daily with each patient he or she was assigned to. Nurses who worked in psychiatric settings when this was the norm and continue work in acute care now know that one-to-ones have all but disappeared.

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Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28(2), 229-230
Language: English
Date: 2007
One-to-ones interaction, Acute psychiatric care, psychiatric nursing, mental health nursing, acute care nursing

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