Essay on A Research Program On Self Injury

1382 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Introduction Self-mutilation is a commonly misunderstood and stigmatized area not only in nursing, but also in society as a whole. Nurses are accustomed to providing care for clients who have been admitted to the hospital due to a physical illness that was not directly brought on by actions of the individual, so when interacting with a client who has intentionally injured themselves, nurses may face moral and ethical dilemmas in providing them with care. According the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery, the prevalence of self-injury worldwide among adolescents in 2014 was 17.2%, among young adults it was at 13.4%, and when looking at the prevalence of self-injury in adults it was at 5.5% (2014). Self-mutilation was defined as, “the intentional act of tissue destruction to one’s own body with the purpose of shifting overwhelming emotional pain to a more acceptable physical pain” (Hicks & Hinck, 2008). In psychiatric-mental health nursing, caring for the client who self-mutilates has proven to be challenge in regards to the best practice in reducing their need to utilize self-injury as a coping mechanism. In caring for the client who self-mutilates, is it best practice to focus primarily on client safety rather than on the underlying causes of the behavior? This paper will evaluate evidence-based practice related to self-mutilation and safety and also compare this information to the current practices at Danville State Hospital. Many hospital policies…

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