2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Drowning in Music: The Lived Experience of Mental Illness
Alicia D. Schulte
Ms. Rebecca P. McClanahan, Faculty Mentor

Title: Drowning in Music: The Lived Experience of Mental Illness Presenter: Alicia Schulte, Truman Senior Nursing Student, Hermann, MO This case study was conducted for the purpose of understanding the unique lived experience of mental illness over the course of a six-week in-depth analysis within a psychosocial rehabilitation program. Nursing diagnoses, outcomes, and interventions were selected from the standardized nursing language of the North American Nursing diagnosis Association, the Nursing Outcomes Classification taxonomy, and the Nursing Intervention Classification taxonomy. The metaphor of a drowning in music was used to represent the essence of the nurse-client relationship, as well as the client’s lived experience of mental illness. Emergent themes consistent with the metaphor were “it’s all about me: I abuse me, you abuse me, I abuse you.” The main caring themes utilized by the nursing student were being sensitive to me (nursing student) and you (client) as well as listening to you (client) and not talking about me (nursing student).

Keywords: Mental Illness, Nursing

Topic(s):Nursing

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 26-7
Location: OP Lobby & Atrium
Time: 1:15

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