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Recovery-oriented practices of psychiatric-mental health nursing staff in an acute hospital setting.

McLoughlin KA, Du Wick A, Collazzi CM, Puntil C.

The Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA. kmcloughlin@mednet.ucla.edu

BACKGROUND: There is a national initiative to integrate recovery-oriented practices into the delivery of mental health services. Few empirical studies have been conducted to measure these practices in psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing, particularly in short-term acute hospital settings. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the reliability of the Recovery Self Assessment-Registered Nurse Version (RSA-RN) and explored recovery practices of PMH nurses and nursing staff in an acute treatment setting. DESIGN: A descriptive one-group design with convenience sampling was employed. One hundred and five participants completed the RSA-RN and the demographic data form. RESULTS: The RSA-RN full-scale instrument demonstrated excellent internal consistency, and the five subscales demonstrated acceptable internal consistency. Significant, favorable relationships were found between RSA-RN scores and nursing staff who (a) had formal education in mental health recovery, (b) considered themselves knowledgeable about recovery, and (c) considered their place of work to be "recovery-oriented." CONCLUSION: The RSA-RN is a useful tool in measuring recovery-oriented practice. Formal education should be considered as an intervention to increase recovery-oriented practices in PMH nursing.

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