• Content analysis;
  • nursing intervention;
  • psychiatric care;
  • quality of life

PURPOSE:  This study aimed to examine nurses' (N= 29) perceptions of nursing interventions in supporting patients' quality of life (QoL) in acute psychiatric inpatient settings.

DESIGN AND METHOD:  An explorative descriptive study design was applied. The data were generated through seven focus group interviews and analyzed with qualitative content analysis.

FINDINGS:  Five main categories of nursing interventions to support patients' QoL were identified. Interventions were related to care planning, empowering interventions, social interventions, activating interventions, and security interventions.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  Emphasis should be placed on nurses' opportunities to improve patients' QoL according to patients' individual needs.