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Keywords:

  • Professional functioning;
  • psychiatric nursing;
  • self-efficacy;
  • uncertainty

Purpose

Converting an open psychiatric ward to a closed one can be threatening and stressful for the medical and nursing staff involved. This study describes the effects of this change, in particular the before–after correlation among self-efficacy, professional functioning, and uncertainty.

Design and Methods

Forty-four staff participated, completing pre-/poststructured questionnaires.

Findings

Uncertainty was higher before the conversion than after the conversion. Professional functioning declined after the conversion. Self-efficacy was positively correlated with pre- and postconversion functioning, but negatively correlated with postconversion uncertainty.

Practice Implications

It is important to prepare staff for this significant organizational change. Suggestions for prechange interventions are offered.