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--From the Foreword by way of Bob Hinshelwood, Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society, Fellow of the Royal collage of Psychiatrists and Professor within the Centre for Psychoanalytic reports, college of Essex, united kingdom

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As such, the nursing group tasked with the treatment of traumatised patients is required to withstand painful countertransference experiences. ). Yet many nurses, particularly those on the front 23 24 ANNE AIYEGBUSI AND GILLIAN TUCK line, are required to undertake this task for prolonged periods of time without, for example, the structure and the boundaries that may be provided by the therapeutic hour. In addition, front line nursing staff are the least likely to be specifically trained to manage this task or to have access to adequate supervision and support (Cox, 1996).

She was convinced that the baby was sick and called her Health Visitor and General Practitioner on a regular basis, but she could never accept reassurance. On one occasion, she stated that the baby had started to manifest facial tics which were similar to her own and of such severity that the baby’s breathing was affected. The mother and baby were admitted to hospital for the baby to be monitored. Initially, the baby was found to be well, but after two days the baby’s condition began to deteriorate.

Perhaps for that reason, allegations of cruelty, neglect and sexual abuse on the part of nursing staff are routine in the life of such services. Consequently, employment within secure mental health services may present a risk to the mental health of nursing staff, especially those who may be drawn unconsciously to work with this population because of their own unresolved trauma histories. Nurses are not 11 12 ANNE AIYEGBUSI AND GILLIAN TUCK routinely trained to understand or work effectively with severe psychological trauma, and the patients’ presentations may not have been conceptualised from the perspective of trauma.

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