OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to identify and respond to workplace stress and related issues in a rural community mental health team.
METHOD: Action research (AR) underpinned this study and facilitated change in practice through four distinctive completed AR cycles with data analysis proceeding alongside data collection. Theories were articulated and explored and resulted in the development of a new model of praxis.
CONCLUSIONS: A new model of praxis was developed which should contribute to both positive patient outcomes and improved staff occupational safety and wellness. Based on this, three clinical nursing tools were developed and implemented into practice.