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From The CriticsReviewer: Leona F. Dempsey, PhD;APNP;CNSPMH-BC(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This update of a book on psychiatric-mental health biological and behavioral concepts provides broad as well as specific discussions of adaptive and maladaptive responses to stressors and their impact on the mental health continuum. Advances in science and principles of complex processes are integrated into the various chapters.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide a resource for psychiatric-mental health nurses and nursing students on holistic nursing care for the human response across the lifespan. Scientific findings are integrated throughout to provide for evidence-based healthcare.
Audience: Psychiatric-mental health nurses and nursing students are an appropriate audience. The author is a board certified advanced practice nurse who practices as a program manager and mental health provider.
Features: One of the most appealing features of the book is the way information about psychiatric-mental health nursing practice is presented in a variety of settings. The emphasis is on a client-centered approach in a diverse world.
Assessment: Many features distinguish this book from other psychiatric nursing books. It contains the usual features such as a CD-ROM, competencies, and critical thinking aspects, but it also contains research abstracts that indicate how the research can be applied to practice. Moreover, the addition of myths relating to specific mental disorders, presentation of newsworthy items, and suggestions for clinical conferences propel the book to superior status.