PERCEPTION OF NURSES TOWARDS MENTAL ILLNESS
The aim of the study was to explore the perception of nurses towards mental illness. A qualitative approach was used. Thematic analysis was done. Data was gathered through individual in-depth face to face interviews. Six nurses were purposively selected for the study from Lahore General Hospital, Lahore. Nurses from different departments were taken. The age range was 35 years to 55years. The interviews were conducted between January 2017 to February 2017. Initial list of themes were extracted from each interview and then converted into final themes. It indicated that nurses perception towards mental illness and its treatment was found highly linked with love and care. Most of the nurses showed positive behavior towards mentally disturbed. They expressed their understanding and suggested different ways to improve their condition.