Journal of Clinical Nursing
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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Debra Jackson Editors: Sue Barnason, Carol Haigh, Leslie Gelling and Graeme D Smith
Impact Factor: 1.233
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 28/104 (Nursing (Social Science)); 32/106 (Nursing (Science))
Online ISSN: 1365-2702
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Editor's Choice - July
The responses of healthcare professionals to the admission of people with cognitive impairment to acute hospital settings: an observational and interview study
Philip Clissett, Davina Porock, Rowan H Harwood and John RF Gladman
Compassion in nursing is under particular focus in the United Kingdom following a series of high profile failures of care in recent years, however it is an issue that it relevant to nursing on an international scale. The increasing longevity of the global population means that nurses are encountering patients with cognitive impairment in all situations.
This paper is thought provoking in its focus. The reported perception of cognitively impaired patient as ‘disruptive’ is one that is highlighted in literature, however the notion that nursing them is somehow less rewarding because such patients are often not in a position to appreciate or acknowledge the care provided to them is one that is less often discussed. Clissett et al. note that nurses address this sense of disruption by endeavouring to maintain control of the situation, sometimes with great sensitivity and sometime less so. Some of the observations reported by the authors are distressing and disturbing.
This paper is thought provoking and should be read by every nurse (which is probably all of us) who will be caring for the cognitively impaired individual – it will make you reflect upon your own practice and those of colleagues, which is what good clinical research should do.
Professor Carol Haigh
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