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Situation awareness: when nurses decide to admit or not admit a person with mental illness as an involuntary patient

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Abstract


  • Aim

    This paper will explore the application of situation awareness in nursing to determine its suitability as a framework to study how the decision to admit or not admit a person as an involuntary patient is made.

    Background

    The decision by a specially qualified nurse to admit or not admit a person to a mental health facility against their will remains a central component of contemporary mental health legislation. The decision has an impact on a person's autonomy and human rights. Conversely, the decision to admit may facilitate urgent assessment and treatment and ensure the safety of the individual and others. Research highlights that decision-making in this context is challenging due to the multiple information sources and often incomplete information available to the clinician. Situation awareness is a concept used to explain how practitioners identify, use and make meaning of a multitude of factors and elements relevant to their practice.

    Design

    Discussion paper.

    Data sources

    A search of terms related to situation awareness and mental health nursing was conducted in the period 2000 – present.

    Implications for nursing

    Exploring nurses decision-making using a situation awareness framework provides for a more nuanced understanding of nurses knowledge and skill when deciding to admit or not a person as an involuntary patient.

    Conclusion

    The concept of situation awareness provides a framework to better understand the decision-making process associated with the involuntary admission decision.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Patterson, C., Procter, N. & Toffoli, L. (2016). Situation awareness: when nurses decide to admit or not admit a person with mental illness as an involuntary patient. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72 (9), 2042-2053.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84978933872

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5144&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4120

Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 2042

End Page


  • 2053

Volume


  • 72

Issue


  • 9

Abstract


  • Aim

    This paper will explore the application of situation awareness in nursing to determine its suitability as a framework to study how the decision to admit or not admit a person as an involuntary patient is made.

    Background

    The decision by a specially qualified nurse to admit or not admit a person to a mental health facility against their will remains a central component of contemporary mental health legislation. The decision has an impact on a person's autonomy and human rights. Conversely, the decision to admit may facilitate urgent assessment and treatment and ensure the safety of the individual and others. Research highlights that decision-making in this context is challenging due to the multiple information sources and often incomplete information available to the clinician. Situation awareness is a concept used to explain how practitioners identify, use and make meaning of a multitude of factors and elements relevant to their practice.

    Design

    Discussion paper.

    Data sources

    A search of terms related to situation awareness and mental health nursing was conducted in the period 2000 – present.

    Implications for nursing

    Exploring nurses decision-making using a situation awareness framework provides for a more nuanced understanding of nurses knowledge and skill when deciding to admit or not a person as an involuntary patient.

    Conclusion

    The concept of situation awareness provides a framework to better understand the decision-making process associated with the involuntary admission decision.

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Patterson, C., Procter, N. & Toffoli, L. (2016). Situation awareness: when nurses decide to admit or not admit a person with mental illness as an involuntary patient. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72 (9), 2042-2053.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84978933872

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5144&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4120

Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 2042

End Page


  • 2053

Volume


  • 72

Issue


  • 9