Essay about A Therapeutic Environment For The Emergency Room

1515 Words Nov 6th, 2016 7 Pages
The phenomenon of concern that this writer is choosing to write about is a therapeutic environment for the psychiatric patients that are boarding in the emergency room waiting for an inpatient psychiatric bed to become available. Psychiatric patients that are boarding in the emergency room need to be in a therapeutic environment to promote healing and recovery. With the increase need for mental health inpatient beds, the patients are having to board in the emergency room, it is important that the patient has a therapeutic environment. This writer works in an emergency room, unfortunately, far too often the emergency room nurses, including the writer see patients that are spending days in the emergency room waiting for an inpatient bed to become available. By the patient having a therapeutic environment while waiting for an inpatient bed to become available these patients are able to start the healing and recovery process and might even be able to be discharged home from the emergency room and have outpatient follow up.
Purpose of the Concept Analysis This writer has a personal interest in the topic of psychiatric patients boarding in the emergency room not having a therapeutic environment because this writer works in an emergency room and sees it every day. Sometimes the psychiatric patients are in the emergency room for days waiting for an inpatient bed. Some ways to give these patients a therapeutic environment is to have mental health staff members available for these…

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