Mental Health Care for Nurses: Applying Mental Health Skills in the General Hospital / Edition 1

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Mental health is a significant factor in providing effective nursing care for patients in hospital and residential settings. Non-specialist staff often lack the confidence, knowledge and skills to effectively meet the mental health needs of patients who are experiencing psychiatric problems and psychological distress. This book will help them identify and address these needs. The first part of the book explores the context of mental health care in hospital and residential settings, while the second part explores specific topics such as self-harm and suicide prevention, caring for the patient displaying challenging behaviour, maternal and peri-natal mental health problems, mental health problems associated with old age, mood disorders, and illicit drug and alcohol dependence.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This basic book provides general information about mental health for nurses in general hospitals. It highlights how to work in partnership with specialist community mental health teams and raises awareness about the links between hospital patients' physical and mental needs...As someone with a non-clinical background, this was a good book." (Nursing Standard)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405124553
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Harrison is Consultant Nurse in Liaison Psychiatry and Visiting Fellow, University of the West of England, Bristol. Chris Hart is Nurse Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry and Principle Lecturer, Kingston. The contributors are all consultant nurses in liaison psychiatry.

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Table of Contents


Part 1. The Principles of Mental Health Care in the General Hospital.

Chapter 1. The Provision of Holistic Care.

Chapter 2. Psychological Response to Illness and Injury.

Chapter 3. The Legal and Ethical Context of Mental Health Care in the General Hospital.

Chapter 4. Caring for the Person Displaying Challenging Behaviour.

Chapter 5. Breaking Bad News.

Chapter 6. The Role of the Mental Health Liaison Team.

Part 2: Mental Health Care in the General Hospital.

Chapter 7. Depression and Anxiety.

Chapter 8. Self-harm and Suicide Prevention.

Chapter 9. Perinatal and Maternal Mental Health.

Chapter 10. Caring for the Person with a Serious Mental Illness.

Chapter 11. Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use.

Chapter 12. Caring for the Older Person with Mental Health Problems.

Chapter 13. Challenges to the Delivery of Holistic Care

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