Long, Ann; Long, Aishlinn; Smyth, Angus
January 1998
Nursing Ethics;Jan1998, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p3
Academic Journal
This article is designed to focus on the provision of nursing care in general medical wards following the admission of persons who have attempted suicide or who have a previous history of attempting suicide. The authors explore, analyse and synthesize how nurses, as key players in the health care team, may begin by recognizing the uniqueness of the individual, and by cotravelling therapeutically with the person on part of his or her journey towards recovery and healing. Efforts are made to demonstrate how nurses can influence the health gain of this group of people and their families. Professional attitudes and related ethical aspects, such as autonomy, respect for autonomy and paternalism, are also examined within the context of the nursing care of people who have attempted suicide. The need to enhance sensitive and caring communication skills for nurses who work with this group of people is tentatively considered. Some reasoning about why there may be difficulties in specific areas of communication such as empathy are contested and explored.


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