Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing / Edition 1

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This textbook provides the most current, authoritative, and comprehensive information on psychiatric-mental health nursing. The theme of this book is global mental health, with an emphasis on cultural competence, community, evidence-based nursing practice, and global issues of mental health care. The five units of this book focus on the theoretical basis for psychiatric-mental health nursing practice, the processes and competencies for effective care, the nursing care far clients with mental disorders, vulnerable populations, and various nursing intervention strategies.


Using Research Evidence—demonstrates haw the reader can develop nursing interventions based on current research citations.
Nursing Self-Awareness—engages the reader in a process of introspection and self-inquiry.
Rx Communication—provides verbatim examples of possible responses to a client and the rationales far alternatives help the reader apply therapeutic communication principles.
Critical Thinking Challenges—begin each chapter with a case-based scenario that encourages readers to analyze an issue or an assertion related to the chapter topic.
Caring for the Spirit—reinforces the inter-connection of body, mind, and spirit far a holistic perspective.
Culture, Family, and Medication Icons—highlight content that develops cultural competence, includes the family as partners in psychiatric-mental health care, or relates to psychapharmacalagy.
Case Studies, Nursing Care Plans, DSM-IV-TR Classification, Client/Family Teaching, MediaLinks, andmore!

Free Student CD-ROM—an interactive program with NCLEX-style questions and rationales, an audio glossary, animations, video clips, and a link to the Companian Website.
Free Companion Website—with additional NCLEX-style review questions, critical thinking activities, case studies, care plan assignments, links to related resources, and more!
Online Course Companions for schools using course management systems such as, Blackboard, WebCT, and Course Compass.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130415820
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 4/24/2003
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 912
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Ren Kneisl, RN, MS, APRN, DABFN, has had a variety of psychiatric-mental health nursing experiences as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Psychiatry-Mental Health. She has taught psychiatric-mental health nursing in a diploma school, a baccalaureate program, and a master's program that prepared clinical specialists in psychiatric-mental health nursing. She has been a staff nurse, a nurse manager, and a nursing supervisor, and has supervised the group therapy of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatry medical residents.

Carol is also a nurse entrepreneur. She is the President of Nursing Transitions, a corporation that provides continuing education for psychiatric-mental health and corrections/forensic nurses. Her company sponsored the first national nursing conference focused on AIDS. She is a national and international speaker and consults with nurses and mental health and forensic agencies on topics such as group therapy, stress management, self-awareness issues and strategies, implementation of client rights, competency to stand trial, and negligence and malpractice in psychiatric-mental health nursing.

Carol has authored or contributed to 18 nursing textbooks and several nursing journals. She has been an associate editor of a psychiatric nursing review journal and has served on several editorial boards. She is a Diplomate in the American College of Forensic Examiners, Board of Forensic Nurse Examiners (DABFN). Carol was among the first nurses in the country to develop clinical specialist certification in conjunction with nurses from New York and New Jersey. Their work formed the basis for the national certification granted through theAmerican Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association.

She is a graduate of one of the oldest diploma schools in the country, the Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing in Buffalo, New York, from which she received the Alumna of the Century award on the occasion of the school's 100-year anniversary. Carol has a BS in nursing from the University of Buffalo and an MS as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatric nursing from the University of California at San Francisco, and holds a certificate in community mental health administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Carol is a docent of the Pensacola Museum of Art and the mother of two adult children—a daughter who is a right-brained artist and a son who is a left-brained mathematician. She writes and consults from her home on the beach in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Holly Skodol Wilson, BSN, MSN, PhD, is aProfessor Emerita in the Department of Community Health Systems at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. Her most recent funded research focused on Quality of Life Assessment for ethnically diverse HIV-infected persons and symptom management and medication adherence among HIV/AIDS patients. She has taught psychiatric-mental health nursing assessment and qualitative research methods across all programs at UCSF since 1969. Dr. Wilson earned her BSN from Duke University, where she subsequently received the distinguished alumnae award, her MSN in psychiatric nursing at Case-Western Reserve University and her PhD in the Sociology of Psychiatry and Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Wilson has published over 80 scientific and scholarly articles in the professional literature and is author, co-author and contributor to 18 books, foremost among them are her award-winning Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing Research texts. She has also served on the editorial boards of numerous peer-reviewed nursing journals. Dr. Wilson is a national and international speaker and consultant on topics including psychiatric assessment, qualitative clinical research and nursing education. She was among the few nurses selected as a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and has presented papers or served as visiting Professor throughout Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, Israel, Egypt, Scandinavia, South America, Puerto Rico, and Canada, as well as the United States. She was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1979, and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for Sigma Theta Tau.

Holly is the single mother of three adult daughters and enjoys her young grandchildren, who live near her home in Mill Valley, California. When not writing, consulting, teaching, and traveling, Holly is a nature enthusiast and a fan of film and the arts.

Eileen Trigoboff, RN, APRN/PMH-BC, DNS, DABFN, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a specialty in Adult Psychiatry-Mental Health in a private psychotherapy practice in Western New York. An important part of her practice is the national and international interdisciplinary supervision of, and consultation with, other mental health and health care professionals. She has a position as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatry at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Trigoboff is the Chair of the Institutional Review Board at the facility that reviews, modifies, and supervises all scientific research in health-related issues conducted in a large part of New York State under the Office of Mental Health's auspices. She has taught associate degree, bachelor's degree, and graduate-level nursing students on all aspects of the nursing process, research methodologies, statistics, and pharmacology. Dr. Trigoboff has also been the Nurse of Distinction, an honor awarded to outstanding nurse clinicians.

Dr. Trigoboff earned her BSN, her MS as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatric nursing, and her Doctorate in Nursing Science (DNS) in psychiatric nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Trigoboff received a National Institutes of Mental Health Individual National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship for her dissertation research on medication teaching and psychopharrnacology. Her research interests span nursing interventions from the use of the Nurses' Observation Scale for Inpatient Evaluations (NOSIE) for assault predictions with seriously and persistently mentally ill clients to the effectiveness of a relaxation audiotape program on psychiatric inpatients. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing and is a Diplomate in the American College of Forensic Examiners, Board of Forensic Nurse Examiners (DABFN). Dr. Trigoboff is author, co-author, and contributor to 12 books and numerous journal articles. She has presented internationally on a wide variety of clinical, research, and professional topics to health care, governmental, and corporate organizations. She continues to be an international speaker and consultant on topics including professional issues, assessment, psychopathologies, and interventions. She also serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals. She is active in community service venues, including clinical settings and family support groups. She also serves as a computer systems consultant to facilities in her local area and belongs to numerous professional nursing organizations.

Eileen enjoys her devoted clinical psychologist husband, her interesting relationship with her Congo African Grey parrot, a large and loving family, good friends, international travel, reading, and gardening.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Unit I Theoretical Basis for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 3
Ch. 1 The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse's Personal Integration and Professional Role 4
Ch. 2 Philosophy and Theories for Interdisciplinary Psychiatric Care 23
Ch. 3 Evidence-Based Practice in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 42
Ch. 4 Psychobiology 57
Ch. 5 Stress, Anxiety, and Coping 90
Ch. 6 Cultural Competence and Psychiatric Epidemiology 108
Unit II Applying Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Processes and Competencies 129
Ch. 7 The Nursing Process with Psychiatric-Mental Health Clients 130
Ch. 8 Therapeutic Communication 141
Ch. 9 Assessment 160
Ch. 10 Clients' Rights, Ethics, and Advocacy 179
Ch. 11 Creating a Therapeutic Environment 206
Unit III Clients with Mental Disorders 233
Ch. 12 Cognitive Disorders 234
Ch. 13 Substance-Related Disorders 260
Ch. 14 Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders 304
Ch. 15 Mood Disorders 334
Ch. 16 Anxiety, Somatoform, and Dissociative Disorders 366
Ch. 17 Gender Identity and Sexual Disorders 400
Ch. 18 Eating Disorders 425
Ch. 19 Sleep Disorders 451
Ch. 20 Personality Disorders 478
Ch. 21 Coexisting Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders 506
Unit IV Vulnerable Populations 525
Ch. 22 Clients at Risk for Suicide and Self-Destructive Behavior 526
Ch. 23 Persons at Risk for Abuse or Violence 543
Ch. 24 Psychiatric-Mental Health Clients with HIV/AIDS 571
Ch. 25 Children 589
Ch. 26 Adolescents 615
Ch. 27 Elders 638
Unit V Nursing Intervention Strategies and Outcomes 659
Ch. 28 Counseling the Individual 660
Ch. 29 Group and Family Interventions 683
Ch. 30 Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions 707
Ch. 31 Psychopharmacology 724
Ch. 32 Complementary and Alternative Healing Practices 762
Ch. 33 Crisis Intervention 782
Ch. 34 Intervening in Violence in the Psychiatric Setting 802
Ch. 35 Forensic Psychiatric Nursing 819
App. A DSM-IV-TR Classification 835
App. B 2003-2004 NANDA-Approved Nursing Diagnoses 849
Index 851
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Millions of people worldwide suffer from mental health disorders. In fact, five of the leading causes of disability in the world today are psychiatric in nature. Psychiatric-mental health nursing is a specialized area that employs a wide range of explanatory theories and research on human behavior as its science and the purposeful use of self as its art. Understanding people who are searching for meaning through interaction in complex times demands the most authoritative and contemporary knowledge and clinical competence. It is through the power of knowledge and clinical competence that psychiatric-mental health nurses can help clients from diverse cultures to live with uncertainty, unfamiliarity and unpredictability and to pursue creative healing on psychobiologic and spiritual levels. Our goal for this textbook, Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, and its companion supplements is to provide students and practicing psychiatric-mental health nurses with the most up-to-date, evidence-based, culturally competent, authoritative, comprehensive resource available and to present it in an accessible, clinically relevant, and professional format.


Throughout this textbook, we as authors try to remain true to values of humanism, interactionism, cultural competence, the relevance of meaning, and the importance of empathy and empowerment in the nurse-client relationship. We believe that psychiatric-mental health nursing is concerned with the quality of human life and its relationship to optimal psychobiologic health, feelings of self-worth, personal integrity, self-fulfillment, spirituality, and creative expression. The psychiatric-mentalhealth nurse's scope of practice is broad enough to include issues such as alienation, identity crises, sudden life changes, and troubled family relationships. It may involve issues of poverty and affluence, cross-cultural disparities in access to health care, and the human experiences of birth, death, and loss. Psychiatric-mental health nursing is concerned with sustaining and enhancing the mental health of both the individual and the group, while its practice locale is often found in the community.

In exploring the theme of global mental health, each unit of this book opens with compelling photographs and stories of individuals from around the world who face a variety of mental health issues. By presenting the readers with this global perspective, we hope to promote awareness of the relevance of those same global issues in our own culturally diverse society.

Along these lines, we selected a Mandela to represent the essence of this book. Mandela is the Sanskrit word for circle and symbolizes wholeness or organization around a unifying center. The goal of this book is to explore science, art, and spirituality as a path toward our shared vision of global mental health. It is synthesis of elements important to a holistic view. The Mandela used throughout this book and on its cover is entitled The Great Mother, created by Cynthia Cunningham Baxter. It consists of hands and a mother tree, which is consistent with nursing's goals of care, compassion, and comfort.

CONTEMPORARY TRENDS The themes, ideas, knowledge, tools, and organization of this textbook were expressly designed for psychiatric-mental health nursing students and clinicians who are committed to developing the habits of mind, responsibility, and practice that will make a difference in view of contemporary trends. Specifically, this text prepares students to tailor and humanize interventions for traditional as well as "new" psychiatricmental health clients often encountered in forensic settings, homeless shelters, and in other community-based and rehabilitation-oriented settings.

Furthermore, because advances in neuroscience and the study of the human genome are redefining our conception of the basis for mental disorders, a solid grounding in psychobiology is threaded throughout the book. Brain imaging assessment and concise yet comprehensive information on the expanding array of psychopharmacologic treatment is yet another strong emphasis. We recognize that psychiatric-mental health clients are racially and culturally diverse and include growing numbers of mentally ill elders, children, adolescents, and people with coexisting substance use disorders or comorbidities with other chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. Therefore, we devote separate chapters to each of the above topics. We feel confident in entitling this book Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing because of its explicit links to contemporary trends in our field.


The detailed table of contents at the beginning of the book makes its clear organization easy to follow. The book is divided into five parts. Unit I clusters six chapters that provide comprehensive coverage of the theoretic basis for psychiatric-mental health nursing. In Unit II, we address topics traditionally associated with psychiatric-mental health nursing, such as using the nursing process, therapeutic communication, assessment, advocacy and client rights, and creating a therapeutic environment. Unit III focuses on caring for clients with specific DSMIV-TR mental disorders. First, we outline the defining characteristics of each disorder, then we cover the biopsychosocial theories necessary to understand them, and finally we apply the nursing process to caring for clients with these disorders. Unit IV shifts the focus to vulnerable populations that require comfort and care from 'psychiatric-mental health nurses. These populations include people at risk for self-destructive behavior, abuse, or violence; psychiatric-mental health clients with HIV/AIDS; and specific age groups. Unit V of the book provides authoritative coverage of nursing intervention strategies and desired outcomes, including a wide range of modalities, from individual, group, and family interventions to psychopharmacology and complementary and alternative healing practices. Throughout the book, experts contributed their knowledge and skills on all the topics covered.


The following noteworthy features weave together the threads of research, theory, and practice into a comprehensive and contemporary fabric of knowledge and competencies essential to psychiatric-mental health nursing. The content and processes are clearly applicable to the care of identified psychiatric-mental health clients, yet they are also relevant when integrated into the care of all those with whom we interact as professional nurses.

  • Using Research Evidence. In addition to a full chapter devoted to evidence-based psychiatric-mental health nursing practice (Chapter 3), each chapter includes a clinical vignette illustrating how research evidence shapes the plan of care for a particular client.
  • Case-Based Critical Thinking Challenges. Because critical thinking skills are essential to evidence-based practice, a Critical Thinking Challenge begins each chapter, challenging readers to analyze a case scenario that is related to the chapter topic. The discussion points for the critical thinking challenge appear in the Instructor's Resource Manual accompanying this text.
  • Caring for the Spirit. These boxes reinforce the belief in the interconnection of mind, body, and spirit. They appear throughout the book and are designed to promote the understanding of the client's essence, meaning, and purpose in life, as well as the nurse's role in supporting spirituality.
  • Culture and Family Awareness icons throughout the book call the reader's attention to content that bears on the importance of developing cultural competence and the value of including the family as partners in psychiatric-mental health care.
  • Medication icons throughout identify sections of the text that discuss psychopharmacology.
  • Case Studies and Nursing Care Plans are found in each of the clinical chapters. These plans use NANDA, NOC, and NIC nomenclature and illustrate linkages among them when caring for clients diagnosed with specific mental disorders according to the DSM-IV-TR.
  • Assessment Guidelines, Intervention Guidelines, Client-Family Teaching boxes all present clinically relevant strategies in a succinct, user-friendly format. Assessment Guidelines contain lists of assessment points. Intervention Guidelines list specific nursing intervention strategies along with their rationales. Client-Family Teaching boxes provide specific client-oriented information that contains sample language a nurse can use when working with clients.
  • Nursing Self-Awareness. Appearing throughout the book, these boxes engage the reader in a process of introspection and self-questioning that is essential to the therapeutic use of self.
  • Rx Communication. Each of the clinical chapters focuses on clients within a particular psychiatric diagnostic category and includes a specially designed box to offer sample dialogues of what a nurse can say in response to clients. In addition, we provide the rationale for at least two different but helpful alternatives. This feature is designed to provide students with a beginning repertoire of communication interventions useful when interacting with psychiatricmental health clients.
  • Case Management, Community-Based Care, and Home Care. Each of the psychiatric disorders chapters and vulnerable populations chapters includes specific information that reflects the fact that the setting for much of psychiatric nursing practice today is found in the community rather than in the hospital.
  • MediaLink and EXPLORE MediaLink. At the beginning of each chapter, a MediaLink box lists specific content, animations and videos, NCLEX review questions, tools, and other interactive exercises that appear on the accompanying Student CD-ROM and the Companion Website. Special MediaLink tabs appear in the margins throughout the chapter that refer the student to the topics and activities on the media supplements. Finally, at the end of each chapter, EXPLORE MediaLink sections encourage students to use the CD-ROM and the Companion Website to apply what they have learned from the text in case studies and care plans, to practice NCLEX questions, and to use additional resources. The purpose of the MediaLink feature is to further enhance the student experience, build upon knowledge gained from the textbook, prepare students for the NCLEX, and foster critical thinking.
  • Focus Questions provide the reader with guidance for actively reading the chapter and getting the most out of it.
  • Key Terms alert the reader to the vocabulary used in the chapter and are available in the Audio Glossary found on the Student CD-ROM or the Companion Website.
  • Cross-References pinpoint specific content linked to supporting chapters when more depth is required. An icon refers the reader to content in other sections of the book.
  • References. Each chapter includes a bibliography of the most up-to-date resources on the topic. WebLinks throughout guide the reader to online information which can be accessed via the Companion Website at

The following supplements were developed to support Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and enhance both the student and instructor experiences in this course:

  • Student CD-ROM. This CD-ROM is packaged free with the textbook. It provides an interactive study program that allows students to practice answering NCLEX-style questions with rationales for right and wrong answers. It also contains an Audio Glossary, animations and video clips, and a link to the Companion Website (an Internet connection is required).
  • Companion Website This free online study guide is designed to help students apply the concepts presented in the book. Each chapter-specific module features objectives, Audio Glossary, chapter summary for lecture notes, NCLEX Review questions, case studies, care plan activities, class discussion questions, WebLinks, and Nursing Tools, such as Standards of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice, and more. Faculty adopting this textbook have free access to the online Syllabus Manager feature of the Companion Website. Syllabus Manager offers a whole host of features that facilitate the students' use of the Companion Website, and allows faculty to post syllabi and course information online for their students. For more information or a demonstration of Syllabus Manager, please contact a Prentice Hall Sales Representative.
  • Clinical Companion for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. This clinical companion serves as a portable, quick reference to psychiatric-mental health nursing. Topics include DSM-IV-TR classifications, common diagnostic studies, over 20 clinical applications for mental health disorders, medications, and much more. This handbook will allow students to bring the information they learn from class into any clinical setting.
  • Instructor's Resource Manual. This manual contains a wealth of material to help faculty plan and manage the Mental Health Nursing course. It includes chapter overviews, detailed lecture suggestions and outlines, learning objectives, discussion points, a complete test bank, answers to the textbook critical thinking exercises, teaching tips, and more for each chapter. The IRM also guides faculty on how to assign and use the text-specific Companion Website,, and the free student CD-ROM that accompany the textbook.
  • Instructor's Resource CD-ROM. This cross-platform CDROM provides illustrations and text slides in PowerPoint for use in classroom lectures. It also contains an electronic test bank, answers to the textbook critical thinking challenges, and animations and videos from the Student CDROM. This supplement is available to faculty free upon adoption of the textbook.
  • Online Course Management Systems. Also available are Blackboard, WebCt, and CourseCompass online companions available for schools using course management systems. The online course management solutions feature interactive modules, electronic test banks, PowerPoint slides including images and discussion points, animations and video clips, and more. For more information about adopting an online course management system to accompany Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, please contact your Prentice Hall Health Sales Representative or go online to

Psychiatric-mental health nursing is poised at a crossroads. We are challenged to bring complex thinking to a complex world if we are to actualize our contribution to global mental health—the vision to which this text is dedicated. This book has been crafted to provide you with the best possible evidence generated in research to help you achieve your goal of excellence in practice. It offers a fully integrated bio/psycho/social perspective rather than relying on any single theory or ideology. It encourages you to become personally, professionally, and spiritually willing to muster the courage and hope necessary to forge proactive steps in our future and to make a commitment to work globally in a contemporary landscape and mindscape.

We have the opportunity to forge a new synthesis of professional wisdom in face of tough mind-body-spirit problems and needs. We need to face the new millennium's critical transitions with intelligence, stamina, wit, creativity, skill, and moral courage. Global mental health can become a shared emergent vision constructed in a way that is respectful of the rich diversity of the citizens of our contemporary world. We created this book to provide you with a map, a compass, and the inspiration to succeed in your current work. We hope that it encourages you to become a participant and leader in facing the broader challenges ahead of us.

Carol Ren Kneisl
Holly Skodol Wilson
Eileen Trigoboff

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