Year: 1991 Source: Nursing Times, v.87, no.2, (January 9-15, 1991), p.35-36 SIEC No: 19911539

Two admissions to a mental hospital made the author, formerly a psychiatric nurse, acutely aware of the thin line between nurses & patients. In this article she describes her experiences as a patient, but discusses in greater detail her perceptions of the nursing staff’s attitudes towards mentally ill or suicidal patients. She strongly recommends that nurses reexamine their attitudes so that they may give more effective care.