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RITUALISM and Patient Reactions

Brown Frances Gold
AJN The American Journal of Nursing: December 1961
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What happened in a psychiatric ward when nurses and aides worked in street clothes?

Mrs. Brown (Mt. Zion School of Nursing, San Francisco; B.S., M.S., University of California) is director of nursing education at Oregon State Hospital, Salem. She has had experience in private duty, general duty nursing, and nursing administration as well as education and is active in the ANA and state nurses association.

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Nurses discovered they communicated and related better with psychiatric patients when they wore street clothes on duty rather than uniforms.