Intersubjectivity and the mental health nurse as insider researcher

Archard, Philip, Moore, Isobel, Lewis, Michael orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5567-3569 and O'Reilly, Michelle (2022) Intersubjectivity and the mental health nurse as insider researcher. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing .

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Ayres et al.’s (2021) recent reflective account published in the BJMHN discusses Ayres’ experience undertaking a doctoral study concerned with how mental health nurses who have been assaulted by patients in secure settings make sense of this experience. This commentary recognises the importance of extending the dialogue initiated by the account, specifically regarding intersubjectivity in research relationships and research beneficence. An emphasis is placed on how practitioner participation in research interviews, whether as interviewer or interviewee, can be a cathartic experience and foster practice reflection. However, engagement in more sensitive research may also present additional risk considerations for the insider researcher, including in relation to emotional safety risks.

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