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From The CriticsReviewer: Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, BSc (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: The theme of this book is global mental health, and as such it provides current, evidence-based, culturally competent, authoritative, and comprehensive information on psychiatric-mental health nursing.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to explore science, art, and spirituality as a path toward a shared vision of global mental health. This a much-needed book as it presents a synthesis of elements important to a holistic view. The authors have met the objectives through the selection of "Mandela" (a circle, symbolizing wholeness and organization around a unifying center) to represent the essence of the book.
Audience: It is written for nursing students and practicing mental health nurses to assist and prepare them to "tailor and humanize interventions for both traditional and new mental health clients encountered in a variety of settings" such as forensic settings, homeless shelters, and other community-based and rehabilitative settings. The authors are credible authorities in mental health based on their extensive background as educators, researchers, and practitioners in the field.
Features: The book provides comprehensive coverage of the theoretical basis for psychiatric-mental health nursing, the processes and competencies for effective care which include nursing process, therapeutic communication, assessment, advocacy and client rights, and creating a therapeutic environment. Additionally, comprehensive coverage of the nursing care of clients is provided, including vulnerable populations with various mental disorders, nursing intervention strategies for individuals, groups, and family, a variety of treatment modalities that range from psychopharmacology to complementary and alternative healing practices. Many interesting features are incorporated, such as clinical vignettes, critical thinking challenges at the beginning of each chapter, boxes on "caring for the spirit," sample dialogue on what a nurse can say in response to clients, assessment and intervention guidelines, client and family teaching, icons on culture, family awareness and medications, and nursing and self awareness. The book has numerous colorful and appealing illustrations that highlight the content. The authors could have ended each chapter with a summary. Although a Web site is provided for case studies and NCLEX type review questions, sample case studies and review questions could have been provided at the end of each chapter.
Assessment: This is comparable to other psychiatric mental health nursing books that encompass the nursing care of clients with various mental disorders. It is unique, however, in its fully integrated biopsychosocial perspective. The authors' use of Mandela in representing the essence of the book befits the symbolism of wholeness in the organization of the book.