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Stability in Intensive Psychiatry: A Concept Analysis


  • Martin Salzmann-Erikson RN, MHN, MSc

    PhD-Candidate, Corresponding author
    1. School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden
    2. Dalarna University School of Health and Society, Falun, Sweden
    3. Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Department of Acute Psychiatry, Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål, Oslo, Norway
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    The author reports no actual or potential conflicts of interest.



The aim of this concept analysis is to describe, explore, and explain stability in the context of mental health nursing in intensive psychiatry.

Design and Methods

A modified version of Wilson's method of concept analysis was used.


Stability is the ability to be resistant to changes. Stability can take different directions after a distortion: re-gaining, neo-gaining, and apo-gaining. Stability may also be achieved through active (adding or using power, making adjustments, parrying, and idling) and passive systems (environmental conditions and constituent materials).

Practice Implications

This article contributes by providing knowledge and insight for nurses on the roles they play in intensive psychiatry as stabilizers.