This study is designed to examine the attitudes of non-psychiatric trained nurses towards the management of
psychiatric patients in Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Descriptive study design was used
and data were collected by means of self-reporting questionnaire from 105 participants. The data were analyzed
using SPSS 15.0 statistical package with a significance level of 0.005. The results revealed a significant relationship
between the participants’ socio-demographic characteristics and their outcome of care. The participants showed
lack of confidence, fear of attacks, insecurity and lack of adequate skills as major factors that make them to resent
taking care of psychiatric patients. It is therefore recommended that for effective and efficient care for these
patients, all that is involved should be adequately prepared by their employers.