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The roles and responsibilities of a nurse to a Schizophrenic patient.

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College of Nursing - Our Lady of Fatima University

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Publication Type
Thesis Degree
Publication Date
October 2007


Not until the end of nineteenth century was formal research into the cause and nature of nervous and mental disease conducted, that gives us a bright vision in what schizophrenia is. As nursing students, this subject caught our attention because of increasing cases and its different implications can bring in our lives. Albeit is truly fearful in engaging in this type of people it makes evoke our mental state and demand for an explanation, to give an account to the readers in how to cope this kind of disorder.

The thought disorder known today as schizophrenia undoubtedly has existed throughout human history. However, the deviant behavior associated with this disorder was not always viewed negatively. Some primitive societies elevated those who saw visions and heard voices to a position of prominence, believing they had supernatural powers.

Schizophrenia, a mental disorder usually marked by withdrawal from reality by variable emotional, behavioral or intellectual disturbances.
This study will help the readers to better understand schizophrenia as a thought disorder and not a disease; it will also give the readers an insight on the signs and symptoms of this disorder. And lastly, it will help the readers, especially the nursing student; know the roles and responsibilities in providing tender loving care to a schizophrenic patient.

This study will be focusing on the meaning of schizophrenia and its signs and symptoms. This will also give emphasize to the nursing roles and responsibilities of a nurse to a schizophrenic patient and will help determine its effects to the nurse, as well as to the student nurses. Some of the information will be obtain from registered nurses who will participate in the survey who were from Manila Central University and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Of the 20 respondents, 14 (70%) nurses said that the schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder, 4 (20%) said that it is a brain dysfunction, and 2 (10%) said that schizophrenia is a chronic illness.
1.2 65% of the respondents bear out delusion as a common symptom associated in a schizophrenic patient, while 20% said that it was hallucination, 10% for illusion, and 5% were obsessive-compulsive behavior.


The researchers aim to know the Roles and Responsibilities of a Nurse to a Schizophrenic Patient.
Specifically, the study aim to answer the following questions:
1. What is schizophrenia? What are the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia?
2. What are the clinical courses of schizophrenia and its causative factors?
3. What are the nursing roles and responsibilities for this disorder?
4. What are the effects of a schizophrenic patient to a nurse?


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