Year: 1990 Source: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, v.26, no.1, (1990), p.25-27 SIEC No: 19910484

Contends that 1 goal of psychiatric nursing is to enhance & augment ego functioning, providing structure as a major tool. Structure is defined as: “… providing nursing interventions that clearly define expectations of the client through a mutually collaborative process in order to augment & enhance ego functions & to promote a positive sense of self”. A clinical illustration involves a 26-yr-old suicidal female with a 15-yr illness history. (4 refs.)