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Table 3 The subcategories and categories of the study

From: Nurses’ experiences of the causes of their lack of interest in working in psychiatric wards: a qualitative study

Subcategories Categories
Forced choice of working in psychiatric wards Inadequate professional skills for psychiatric care practice
Inappropriate work conditions
Lack of the required professional knowledge for working in psychiatric wards
Colleagues’ negative attitudes towards psychiatric nurses Negative public attitude towards psychiatric nurses
Families’ negative attitudes towards psychiatric nurses
Negative experiences of psychiatric nursing from their studentship period
Fear over patient assault Fear of patients
Fear due to unfamiliarity with patients and their conditions