Seclusion: The perspective of nurses

J. E.L. VanDerNagel*, K. P. Tuts, T. Hoekstra, E. O. Noorthoorn

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Knowledge of how nurses experience the process of secluding a patient can be useful in improving the quality of patient care and in the prevention of work related stress in nurses. This study describes personal experiences of nurses throughout the seclusion process. The emotions which came to surface in semi-structured interviews with 8 nurses were categorized in three main themes (Tension, Trust and Power) and a stress response curve was identified in the seclusion process, with specific feelings in each phase. Feelings denied in former studies such as feeling superior, anger and disgust were found in the interviews in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-412
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


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