The paper shows that there are many overlapping, complex issues affecting nurses working in Japan and their needs need to be considered and addressed in order to promote a healthier work environment, as well as a more humanistic environment.
Suicidal Behaviour in Some Human Service Occupations With Special Emphasis on Physicians and Police. a Nationwide Study
Published in “Suicide Risk & Protective Factors in the New Millennium,” ed. by O T Grad
The authors studied nurse suicides in England & Wales, with psychological autopsy study & case-control comparison with living nurses. Nearly three-quarters of nurse suicides had previous contact with psychiatric services & almost half had been psychiatric in-patients in the past. There were particularly marked differences between the cases & controls for current psychiatric disorder, personality […]
The author uses a case study to argue his point about the ethical rights of a patients privacy. The author argues that without concrete evidence of self harm, a patients right to privacy or autonomy should be considered the overriding right. (AK)
Professional nursing students are significantly at risk for possible suicide attempts or completions. Nurse educators can play a crucial role in prevention by identifying, assessing, & immediately referring for further psychiatric evaluation & treatment, those students who exhibit suicidal behaviours. This article outlines a helping process based on the acronym S.A.V.E. – Suicidal behaviours, Assessment […]
The worldwide English language literature on suicide in nurses is reviewed. There is evidence from serveral countries that female nurses are at increased risk of suicide. Very little information is available about the specific causes. Unlike some other high-risk occupational groups, it is unclear to what extent access to means for suicide contributes to nurses’ […]
Nursing faculty are rarely prepared for the suicide of a student. This article discusses a protocol to be implemented when such an event occurs. It highlights the needs of faculty, fellow students & significant others. The reader is guided through the process of informing the faculty & students about the suicide, conducting support meetings & […]
A questionnaire was used to study suicidal feelings, attempted suicide & aspects of the work environment & well-being in Swedish psychiatric nursing personnel. Suicidal feelings “last year” were lower than in the general population, but suicidal feelings & attempted suicide “earlier than last year” were much more common, & 13% of respondents reported an earlier […]
This article provides an overview of the international literature on occupational stress in hospice/palliative care, tracing it from evolution to the present day. It concludes that the stress that exists in palliative care is due in large measure to organizational & societal issues, although personal variables were also found to have an influence. The Appendix […]
The sex & age standardized incidence rates of suicide & undetermined deaths in Sweden were described for 5 groups of health care professionals. Among men, all the occupations except registered nurses, showed increasing suicide rates from 1960. Among women, high rates were found among physicians & dentists, but not for psychiatric attendants & auxiliary nurses. […]
Brief case study described the depression of an active nurse and her current relationships contributing to her depression. The nurse filed charges against a hospital for neglecting her needs while she was in a severe depressive state. The court case and ruling is also discussed briefly.