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The Training and Role of Nurse-Therapists in a General Hospital's Psychiatric Unit
Stuart L. Smith; John English
Psychiatric Services 1975; doi:
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McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario

Coordinator, Educational Programs Department of Psychiatry St. Joseph's Hospital Hamilton, Ontario

1975 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The authors discuss their experience using nurses as therapists on a small psychiatric unit at St. Joseph's Hospital, a general hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. They describe the training of the first nurse-therapists and the three-level training system established to make the program self-sustaining. The nurse-therapist system is now used on several psychiatric units in the hospital. Problems in role relationships and schedules occurred, but the authors, noting the patient-care, economic, and staff benefits, believe that the system would be especially useful in small inpatient units.

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