Client-nurse interactions in psychiatric care: Interconnected moments

Mary F Leveillee, University of Rhode Island


Moments of interconnection are important experiences between clients and psychiatric clinical nurse specialists. The purpose of this study was to explore the nature of interconnected moments as experienced by psychiatric clinical nurse specialists in the context of their private psychotherapy practices, the conditions under which interconnected moments occurred, and the common features of interconnected moments. An inductive, exploratory research design was used with in-depth interviews of eight conversational partners. All eight identified interconnected moments as an experience of shared humanity that had a reciprocal sense of energy in the exchange. The conditions under which interconnected moments emerged were minimal internal distractions and released defenses. Common features of interconnected moments were identified and included active, feeling, and awareness descriptions. Associated experiences (connected moments) were also described as occurring during the flow of therapy and were compared with interconnected moments. An in-depth analysis of one participant's description of interconnected moments led to the matching of Osterman and Schwartz-Barcott's (1996) description of full and transcendent presence with moments of connected and interconnected moments, respectively.^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Nursing|Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Mary F Leveillee, "Client-nurse interactions in psychiatric care: Interconnected moments" (2012). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI3503405.