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The lived experience of psychiatric-mental health nurses working with dissociative disorder inpatients: A phenomenological inquiry

Published:December 28, 2022DOI:


      • There is a deficit of literature related to nursing care of dissociative disorders.
      • Participants reported minimal exposure to dissociative disorders while in school.
      • Lack of EBP compels RNs to educate others and combat harmful stigma.
      • Inadequate staffing and workplace support contributed to decreased quality of care.
      • Promoting greater understanding of DD treatment for RNs is essential to improve care.


      Nursing literature about dissociative disorders is lacking, resulting in a deficit of available evidence to drive nursing practice. This study sought to address this scarcity of literature by shedding light on the lived experiences of nurses who directly care or have cared for this population. Participants were individually interviewed along the lines of training, education, and personal experiences, and responses were analyzed to uncover themes found in multiple interviews. The result was a clear emphasis on improving education about the unique needs of individuals with dissociative disorders in order to improve the nursing care of this population.


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