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From The CriticsReviewer: Cheryl Laskowski, DNS, RN, CS (Daemen College)
Description: This book, applying nursing diagnostic terms to DSM-IV diagnostic categories, provides extensive information about common psychiatric/mental health disorders. This first edition includes defining characteristics and probable etiologies of mental disorders; the book also addresses long- and short-term treatment goals, psychiatric medications, and family care strategies for clients with psychiatric disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist nurses in constructing individualized care plans for clients who are experiencing psychiatric disorders. The book does meet the objectives by describing psychiatric and psychosocial nursing diagnoses, expected patient/family outcomes, and appropriate nursing interventions in detail.
Audience: Written specifically for nurses, from students to practicing psychiatric RNs, this book will be especially useful to RNs working in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment settings. The author of this book, a clinical nurse specialist who teaches at a renowned university, is clearly credible as an expert in this field.
Features: An important feature of this well organized and nicely illustrated book is the division of categories based on DSM-IV diagnostic codes. In addition, appendixes describing common defense mechanisms, psychiatric medications, and a guide to the mental status exam are helpful tools for the practicing nurse. Material in the text is cross-referenced, and a reference list suggesting resources for further reading is included.
Assessment: Listed according to DSM-IV codes, the nursing diagnoses described in this text are easily accessible and filled with thorough, up-to-date information. Given the movement to deliver holistic nursing care in a time-effective manner, this book will be a helpful guide for nurses working with psychiatrically impaired individuals in inpatient and outpatient settings.