- • Acute psychiatric wards, many of which are locked, are challenging work environments. This study explores the experience of health-care staff working on such a ward.
- • The study shows that the health-care staff have to manage a changing and demanding work environment. A need for security and control is indicated.
- • Some positive experiences from work are described, such as meaningfulness and personal development, which counterbalance the burden of working in this environment.
- • The forces that drive health-care staff and their motivation for working on acute psychiatric wards need to be studied further.