To Create an Atmosphere
Jenny Poulson, Horowhenua Hospital
Reference: Poulson, J. (1992). To Create an Atmosphere. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 7(1), 4-11.
In this paper I will focus on the concept of atmosphere and the relationship it has to the nursing care of the demented elderly. I plan to draw on my own experience as a nurse in a long term care setting and to utilise the results of a questionnaire issued to my colleagues in that same setting. From these sources I will explore how, when, and why the atmosphere is affected and focus on the nursing contribution to a positive atmosphere and the subsequent reduction of agitation in demented elderly persons.