Description: This is the third edition of a book that strives to present an evidence-based holistic approach to psychiatric mental health nursing practice. The second edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide current information about the expanding knowledge base through an evidence-based, holistic approach to psychiatric mental health nursing, within a dynamic health care system. The author's objectives are worthy as students need to be aware of and have an understanding and knowledge of the different approaches to the treatment of mental health clients. The book meets the author's objectives in that her easy to follow approach will provide students with the understanding needed to care for their clients.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for both nursing students and psychiatric nurse practitioners (NP's) who currently provide services in a variety of settings that include hospitals, community mental health centers, rape crisis centers, hospice, correctional facilities, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and their own private practices. The book seems to be primarily written for nursing students and nurses practicing in any setting that offers mental health services (practicing nurses are different from psychiatric nurse practitioners). The author is a clinical nurse specialist in private practice in psychiatric mental health nursing, and formerly taught mental health nursing in an academic setting.
Features: The book covers concepts, treatment strategies, approaches, and interventions related to the major mental disorders, based on research, for evidence-based and holistic practice. All the topics that the author has added to this edition are good, particularly disaster nursing, psychosocial therapies, suicide, and the bereaved individual as well as research studies with implications for nursing practice. Client teaching guides containing relevant information on psychotropic medications and psychiatric illness are innovative for reproduction and distribution to clients. In addition, classical, contemporary, and Internet references, the current NANDA Taxonomy II, case studies, and critical pathways of care are useful methods to deliver information. The full color third edition is very appealing and user-friendly. Although not a shortcoming, the author could have incorporated more cultural aspects related to the various mental disorders.
Assessment: This new edition and is well justified by the added features such as disaster nursing and client teaching guides. Although the book is comparable to other mental health nursing books in that it addresses the concepts and interventions related to major mental illnesses, the author uses a research-based approach to discuss the various therapeutic interventions.