Nursing the Psychiatric Emergency

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Overview

This book offers practical guidance on how to anticipate, prepare for and act in a psychiatric emergency, whether in hospital or the community, in a general or a psychiatric setting. It gives the essential theoretical background, coping strategies and intervention principles, followed by clinical strategies. Research-based and built around clinical studies it will be immensely useful to a wide range of nurses and other health care professionals.

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Reviewer: Carol Ren Kneisl, MS, RN, CS (Nursing Transitions, Inc.)
Description: The emphasis in this book is on psychiatric emergencies related to self-harm, violence, core confrontations, psychological disturbance, drugs, and alcohol. There are a good number of clinical examples in shaded boxes. A chapter on staff support should be especially helpful.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to provide information to individual care professionals about the nature, style, and presentation of effective interventions that can be used in any psychiatric emergency situation. The book does meet these worthy objectives.
Audience: Although psychiatric nurses are the targeted audience, this book would also be appropriate for emergency nurses, home health nurses, nurses on disaster or crisis teams, or nurses in any community setting. Not enough information is provided about the author (from Great Britain) to determine if he is a credible authority, but from the brief description of him on the title page, he does appear to be so.
Features: There are no illustrations in this book. One chapter that does suffer from the lack of illustrations is the one on restraints and breakaway techniques. The currency of the references is uneven and some may be difficult for U.S. nurses to obtain. The index is adequate and the detail in the table of contents is very helpful. Clinical examples set off in shaded boxes and linked to interventions are particularly helpful and lively .
Assessment: This extremely useful book fills a gap in the literature. The practical emphasis on interventions is especially helpful because nurses interact with people facing psychiatric emergencies in all settings. It is appropriate for bookstore, library, and individual purchase.
From the Publisher
'Most impressive is his recognition not only of the science of nursing a psychiatric emergency, but the art of dealing with the human and emotional consequences of such a confrontation ... at last, here is a sound, clinically-based book that explores theealmost taboo issues' Nursing Times, October 1995.
'At last, here is a sound, clinically-based book that explores these almost taboo issues. There is no doubt about its great value to all those health workers involved in the practice of psychiatric case.' Nursing Times, October 1995
'Martin Ward's research based text is of practical help in dealing with those events which can be termed psychiatric emergencies. It promotes the use of relevant therapeutic communication in a constructive manner for dealing with situations which are not likely to happen all the time. It will significantly contribute to the development of self-awareness in any reflective practitioner who reads it.' - Interaction, May 1996

'Martin Ward, a highly respected mental health academic, has produced a beautifully written text which is crammed with sound, practical advice. ...
this text is destined to be a classic of its genre. While this book is primarily aimed at ward personnel,
it is quite simply a brilliant book and should grace every A&E nurse's bookshelf and every A&E department's library. If Nursing the Psychiatric
Emergency is the only book you buy this year, it will be money well spent.'
Emergency Nurse, January 1996

Carol Ren Kneisl
The emphasis in this book is on psychiatric emergencies related to self-harm, violence, core confrontations, psychological disturbance, drugs, and alcohol. There are a good number of clinical examples in shaded boxes. A chapter on staff support should be especially helpful. The author's purpose is to provide information to individual care professionals about the nature, style, and presentation of effective interventions that can be used in any psychiatric emergency situation. The book does meet these worthy objectives. Although psychiatric nurses are the targeted audience, this book would also be appropriate for emergency nurses, home health nurses, nurses on disaster or crisis teams, or nurses in any community setting. Not enough information is provided about the author (from Great Britain) to determine if he is a credible authority, but from the brief description of him on the title page, he does appear to be so. There are no illustrations in this book. One chapter that does suffer from the lack of illustrations is the one on restraints and breakaway techniques. The currency of the references is uneven and some may be difficult for U.S. nurses to obtain. The index is adequate and the detail in the table of contents is very helpful. Clinical examples set off in shaded boxes and linked to interventions are particularly helpful and lively . This extremely useful book fills a gap in the literature. The practical emphasis on interventions is especially helpful because nurses interact with people facing psychiatric emergencies in all settings. It is appropriate for bookstore, library, and individual purchase.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750615921
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/21/1995
  • Edition description: 3rd ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224

Table of Contents

Emergency theory; Psychiatric emergency nursing; Professional coping strategies; Intervention principles; Emergencies associated with self-harm; Threats of violence; Physical attacks; Restraint and breakaway techniques; Care confrontations; Emergencies associated with psychological disturbance; Emergencies associated with drugs and alcohol; Dealing with failure; Staff support.

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