Person-centred care is an approach to nursing that places the person, in their context, above the disease and at the centre of care. PCC a pillar of high quality healthcare and the core underling principal of a recovery approach; an approach that the government of Newfoundland and Labrador has adopted to improve mental health care in the province. However, operationalizing PCC is challenging in many mental health settings and the current nature of person-centre mental health nursing care in the province is not known. I am interested in exploring the current PCC practices of mental health nurses in NL. My doctoral research will identify how mental health nurses understand PCC and how they use person-centered practices in their work. Using a concurrent mixed methods design the PCC practice patterns of MHNs will be captured from three viewpoints: 1) the perspectives of MHNs across the province, 2) the perspectives of those who have availed of inpatient mental health services, as well as 3) impartial observations of the person-centred culture on three inpatient mental health units. A clearer understanding of person-centred mental health nursing care will facilitate the future development of targeted interventions that are contextualized to the provincial setting.
To ensure that the project aligns with the priorities and approaches identified by those with lived experience of metal illness, an advisory group will be created. The purpose of this Quick Start Project is to develop a collaboration between Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty of Nursing and the Pottle Centre, a community social centre in St. John’s for those living with mental illness. The Pottle Centre will help establish the advisory group by seeking 4-6 interested individuals from their membership and will also house the advisory group by providing space and other logistical support. The primary objective of the project is to involve individuals in providing direction on how the study is conducted, including the methods used, the interpretation of findings and the dissemination of the results.