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The experiences of student nurses caring for mental health care users with profound intellectual disabilities

By Rakgadi Grace Malapela

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Text in EnglishThe purpose of the study was to describe and explore the experiences of student nurses in caring for mental health users with profound intellectual disabilities in one of the care and rehabilitation centre at Gauteng province incorporating the Common Sense Model. Qualitative descriptive and explorative research was conducted to explore the experiences of student caring for mental health care users with profound intellectual disabilities and to recommend the best practices in caring for mental health care users with profound intellectual disabilities. Data collection was done using reflective diaries and in depth interviews. Twelve participants participated in the study. The study composed of student nurses (n=12) caring for mental health care users with profound intellectual disabilities. Five themes emerged from the study i.e. emotionally challenging, communication difficulties, lack of knowledge on the nature of intellectual disability, burden of care and mixed feelings. Findings of the study revealed that completing nurses find working with profound intellectual disabilities to be emotionally challenging and that negative experiences outweigh the positive experiences, resulting in their reluctance to want to work with profound intellectual disability users. It is therefore incumbent upon policy makers and hospital administrators to take cognisance of these negative feelings so that ways of minimising these frustrations and promoting the wellbeing of nurses caring for mental health care users with profound intellectual disabilities are promoted.Health StudiesM.A. (Health Studies

Topics: Care and Rehabilitation Centre, Caring, Mental health care users, Nursing education institutions (NEIs), Profound intellectual disabilities, Student nurse, 616.890231096822, Nursing students -- South Africa -- Gauteng -- Attitudes, Mentally ill -- Rehabilitation, Community health nursing -- South Africa -- Gauteng, Psychiatric nursing -- South Africa -- Gauteng, Nurse and patient -- South Africa -- Gauteng
Year: 2
OAI identifier: oai:uir.unisa.ac.za:10500/18651

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