Physical Health and Well-Being in Mental Health Nursing: Clinical Skills for Practice / Edition 1

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This book provides mental health nurses with the core knowledge of the physical health issues that they need for their work, and places these in a context that can be easily integrated into clinical practice.

Michael Nash considers the risk factors and assessment priorities amongst different mental health client groups and provides clinical insights into how best to work with service users to ensure their health is assessed and improved.

The book includes coverage of:

Core concepts of physical health/illness in mental illness

Key clinical skills mental health nurses need on the job

Impacts of physical illness on people with severe mental illness

Current practice issues and barriers to good physical health

Each chapter includes case studies, examples, diagrams and exercises for selftesting and reflection, which will help readers develop their own skills and practice.

Physical Health and Well-Being in Mental Health Nursing is a must-have text for students and practitioners. It is also useful reading for practice nurses, district nurses, midwives and all allied health practitioners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335233991
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Nash is Assistant Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this role he taught at Middlesex University, UK, where he recently completed a professional doctorate. He is widely published in the field of mental health and physical health and has done extensive research into this area of practice.
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Table of Contents

About the author ix

Acknowledgements xi

Abbreviations and acronyms xiii

1 An introduction to physical health in mental illness 1

2 An introduction to key concepts in measuring health and illness 14

3 Clinical skills for physical assessment in mental health settings 26

4 Principles of physical health assessment in mental health care 61

5 Physical assessment: assessing cardiovascular health 79

6 Assessing respiratory health in mental health 101

7 Assessing nutrition, diet and physical activity 126

8 Medication, adverse drug reactions and physical health 151

9 Physical health emergencies in mental health settings 174

10 Practical steps in improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness 191

References 206

Index 219

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