Staff attitudes towards people with borderline personality disorder
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Staff attitudes towards people with borderline personality disorder

Melissa Mack Staff nurse in the national inpatient children’s psychiatric unit, Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow
Heather McKenzie Nesbitt Lecturer in mental health nursing, Hamilton campus of the University of the West of Scotland

Difficulties for nurses treating patients with mental health problems: a third-year nursing student’s perspective

This article explores and analyses the negative attitudes adopted by some staff towards patients living with borderline personality disorder from the perspective of a third year mental health nursing student. Through critical appraisal of the literature and evidence available on the subject, the authors hope to provide knowledge and understanding of the reasons behind such attitudes, what steps can be taken to reduce them and the effect this has on patient care. Recommendations for practice are also discussed to try to minimise the occurrence of such attitudes.

Mental Health Practice. 19, 8, 31-35. doi: 10.7748/mhp.19.8.31.s20


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 23 June 2015

Accepted: 02 February 2016

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