Description: This is a much needed introduction to the "how to" of psychotherapy for beginning advanced practice psychiatric nurses, including those nurses who have prescriptive authority. This easy to read book is like having a mentor ready at all times to prepare and assist the advanced practice psychiatric nurse for competent practice based in knowledge and wisdom.
Purpose: The author meets her objectives of presenting a primer for beginning advanced practice psychiatric nurses.
Features: Although the book is intended for beginning advanced practice psychiatric nurses, it is written so that advanced practice nurses in any specialty can review the material and gain a deeper understanding of their patients as well as an appreciation of the work of their colleagues. I have practiced psychiatric nursing in its many facets for over 40 years and have grown with the specialty. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the well researched and written chapters. The author holds the appropriate credentials and has the experience to make her a very credible authority.
Assessment: The author provides a comprehensive framework for advanced practice psychiatric nurses to use in their work throughout the nurse-patient relationship. The many examples and case studies provide pragmatic assistance and helpful strategies. Some issues that are addressed include what to do about "no-shows" and how to work with resistance. The book is not meant to be a comprehensive textbook of all possible situations. Additional information can be obtained through other works dealing with such topics as working with groups and families and with special populations such as returning veterans, adolescents, and substance abusers.