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Psychiatric nurses’ experiences after the closure of Life Esidimeni psychiatric care centres


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Title Psychiatric nurses’ experiences after the closure of Life Esidimeni psychiatric care centres
Creator Temane, Annie Manamela, Maide Poggenpoel, Marie
Subject Health Sciences; Nursing; Mental health nursing; Mental health psychiatric nurses; closure; mental health care users; experience; Life Esidimeni care centres
Description Background: A national tragedy occurred between October 2015 and June 2016 when psychiatric patients with profound intellectual disabilities were transferred from psychiatric care centres to non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The process of transferring psychiatric patients had severe consequences for psychiatric patients and psychiatric nurses.Objectives: The study’s objective was to explore and describe psychiatric nurses’ experiences after the closure of Life Esidimeni psychiatric care centres.Method: A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual research design was employed. Semi-structured interviews were utilised to collect data. Purposive sampling was utilised to select eight psychiatric nurses to participate in the study. Data were analysed using Tesch’s thematic method of coding.Results: The analysis of data revealed the following themes: With the closure of the care centres participants experienced (1) shock, dismay and life interruption; (2) trauma related to the disintegration, of psychiatric patients’ lives, their own families and work-life and (3) sense of resilience.Conclusion: From the findings, it is clear that the psychiatric nurses needed support as evidenced by the challenges they experienced. The healthcare professionals in mental health and mental health nursing post-graduate students could conduct further research focusing on the experiences and the impact that the closure of Life Esidimeni psychiatric care centres have on the psychiatric nurses’ mental health.Contribution: This study contributes to the body of knowledge in psychiatric nursing by highlighting the impact of hospital closure on psychiatric nurses.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Supervisor linked-grant University of Johannesburg
Date 2022-12-02
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — qualitative explorative; descriptive; and contextual research approach
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/curationis.v45i1.2332
Source Curationis; Vol 45, No 1 (2022); 9 pages 2223-6279 0379-8577
Language eng
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Coverage Southern Africa; Gauteng — Purposive; Profession
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Annie Temane, Maide Manamela, Marie Poggenpoel