Registered nurses’ management of depression in general wards

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Registered nurses’ management of depression in general wards
Creator Mpetshu, Mandisa Maritz, Jeanette E.
Subject Nursing; Mental health; Depression COVID-19 pandemic; depression; death anxiety; general medical ward; patients; nurses.
Description Background: During and in the aftermath of the COVID-19, the rate of depression increased globally. A significant number of patients found in a general hospital or ward with physical conditions often have depression.Aim: This study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of registered nurses’ experiences managing patients with depression in a general medical ward.Setting: The study took place in two general medical wards of a private hospital in the Gauteng province, South Africa, in 2021, with COVID-19 lockdown levels three to one prevailing.Methods: A descriptive qualitative design was used, and data were collected through 10 in-depth, face-to-face interviews. Data were analysed using a thematic approach.Results: The COVID-19 pandemic exerted a bidirectional influence, affecting both patients diagnosed with depression while admitted to a general ward and the nurses caring for them. This mutual impact added an additional layer of complexity to patient management.Conclusion: For optimal care of patients with depression in general wards, nurses need comprehensive training, confidence and a safe environment, bolstered by sufficient resources and robust management support.Contribution: The study highlights critical challenges in detecting and caring for patients diagnosed with depression in a general medical ward and the compounding effect of COVID-19. These findings underscore the importance of addressing clinical and psychosocial needs in a healthcare setting, especially amid a global pandemic.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor None
Date 2023-11-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v28i0.2328
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 28 (2023); 8 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa 2021-2022 29-51; Female; Black
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Mandisa Mpetshu, Jeanette E. Maritz