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From The CriticsReviewer: Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, BSc (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book is intended to help nurses successfully meet contemporary challenges in mental healthcare by providing the most current information as well as a balanced approach to both nursing and medicine. The previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: The purpose is primarily to help students and practicing nurses deliver professional nursing care for clients and their families regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This book is needed to promote student understanding for a solid knowledge base. New information has been added to this edition to respond to the current healthcare climate and the needs of students and practicing nurses. The authors meet the objectives by presenting concepts in a simple, clear, concise, and understandable manner for students and practicing nurses.
Audience: The book is intended to provide a strong foundation in mental health concepts and nursing process for students and practicing psychiatric nurses delivering professional psychiatric and mental healthcare. Both authors are clinical specialists in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing.
Features: Part I covers foundations, in which concepts not only define nursing as an art and science but also reveal the substantive change and trends that currently shape and challenge the traditional professional nursing roles in mental health, and part II focuses on major psychiatric disorders. Part III, on crisis and aggression, addresses the critical issues of crisis, violence, and suicide; part IV, on therapeutic interventions, emphasizes the major therapeutic modalities used to treat clients in the psychiatric setting; part V, on special populations, discusses nursing care as it relates to the unique circumstances of grief and loss and acute, chronic, or life-threatening illness; and part VI, on community psychiatric nursing, describes current issues and concerns experienced by clients in different settings and treated by psychiatric nurses. True to the purpose of the book, one of its features is the integration of both the NANDA diagnoses and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders diagnoses in organizing the clinical disorders. A unique feature is the research for evidence-based practice box that discusses implications of current research studies. The many features of the book are integrated into a discussion of the steps of the nursing process to demonstrate practical clinical application. The book could be strengthened by including cultural considerations in each chapter, thereby responding to increasing diversity. Also, self-awareness boxes in each chapter might help practicing nurses to reflect on themselves. More color graphics might be appealing to readers.
Assessment: In this fourth edition, the authors have added a new chapter on sleep disorders; normal anxiety is presented as a basis for the discussion of anxiety disorders; the clinical therapies chapter has been expanded; and concept maps, process recording and SOAP notes, and standardized care plans appear throughout the book. The book's value lies in its readability. It is comparable to other books in the field in the information it offers.