Featured Resource: Safety in Psychiatric Inpatient Care

APNA News: The Psychiatric Nursing Voice  |  July 2017 Members' Corner Edition

The APNA Council for Safe Environments (CSE) formed with the intent of promoting safe environments for both nurses and patients. "[Nurses shouldn't] be afraid to be a psychiatric nurse," says Diane Allen, MN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, Chair of the CSE. "Getting hurt is not a part of the job...We take extra special care to assure the safety and well-being of patients who require emergency measures." To this end, the CSE introduced their Assessment and Monitoring Toolkit. This collection of resources highlights the importance of assessment and monitoring as factors that impact the safety of inpatient environments. One such resource, "Safety in psychiatric inpatient care: The impact of risk management culture on mental health nursing practice," is highlighted below.

Title: Safety in psychiatric inpatient care: The impact of risk management culture on mental health nursing practice.

Author/Source: Slemon, A., Jenkins, E., Bungay, V.(2017). Wiley’s Nursing Inquiry. March:1-10. DOI: 10.1111/nin.12199. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nin.12199/epdf

Content at a Glance: A description of growing concerns that risk management and safety have overshadowed the primacy of caring in psychiatric care settings.

Quote Worth Repeating:  “We suggest that to re-centre meaningful support and treatment of clients, nurses should provide individualized, flexible care that incorporates safety measures while also fundamentally re-evaluating the risk management culture that gives rise to and legitimizes harmful practices (Abstract).”


Access the other resources in the Assessment and Monitoring Toolkit and learn more about safe environments with the Safety Toolbox, Key Components/Elements of a "Safe" Environment, and Patient Engagement Resources assembled by the Council for Safe Environments.


 Passionate about workplace safety? Join the Council for Safe Environments Advisory Panel.

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