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PsychNotes, a reliable quick reference for key psychiatric clinical information, provides: common interventions and psychotropics; how to communicate with a client; quick at-your-fingertips info on key disorders; how to form a therapeutic alliance; cultural considerations; techniques for handling crisis situations; client/family teaching tools; "clinical pearls" for critical thinking that translate theory into clinical practice. And along with the additional free online PsychNotes resources, this pocket guide provides an always-at-hand review of psychiatric content for NCLEX or other exams.
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Reviewer: Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, BSc (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a quick reference guide for key psychiatric clinical information such as common interventions and psychotropics, communication techniques, key mental disorders, cultural considerations, crisis intervention techniques, and client family teaching tools, among other information.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a pocket guide to provide an easy to read, quick reference for key psychiatric clinical information. These are worthy objectives given the volume of new information that is made available through basic and clinical research on a daily basis. The book provides an easily accessed, readable understanding of basic clinical information.
Audience: It can serve as a quick and ready resource for mental health students and beginning mental health practitioners. The author is an advanced practice board certified nurse with expertise in mental health and hence seems to be a credible authority.
Features: The book provides salient mental health key clinical information on basics such as growth and development, neurological system, theories of personality development, DSM-IV categories, communication techniques, assessment tools, related interventions and therapeutic treatment modalities including psychotropics, crisis intervention techniques, labs/tests, and client/family education among other clinical information. The author should be commended for covering key mental health clinical features in this small easy to carry pocket guide. The various tables, graphics, color, waterproof and resuability aspects are all unique features that are valuable. The illustrations are appealing.
Assessment: This will be valuable and extremely useful to mental health students and beginning practitioners as a quick reference guide in the clinical setting. The clinical pearls will assist students in their critical thinking for applicability of theory in clinical practice. The handheld pocket guide also provides an "always-at-hand review of psychiatric content for NCLEX or other exams." I would recommend purchase of this handheld clinical companion.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803612860
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 2.56 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

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    Being a first year Clinical Psychology student, I am thrilled to have received this pocketbook for Christmas! I begin Diagnostic Practicum this year and I know that I will be utilizing this pocketbook. Not only will it be a quick reference for Practicum purposes, I have already referenced it for some of my classes. The ''clinical pearls' for critical thinking that translate theory into clinical practice' are great for students and professionals alike. In addition, it is HIPPA and OSHA compliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    Fantastic Clinical Guide!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Basic behavioral/psychological theories at a glance. 2. Provides key aspects of psych and crisis interventions. 3. General mental status assessments and exams, with focused assessments for adult and geriatric populations. 4. Essential information on psychotropic drugs at point-of-care. 5. Client/Family education tables, tips and strategies. 6. Cultural considerations and assessment tool. 7. Reusable mental health history and assessment tool, multiaxial assessment, CAGE, and many others. 8. Clinical pearls/Alerts throughout provide practical on-the-spot advice. Eight tabbed sections cover: *BASICS ¿ basic theories of personality development, biological implications (with tables and 4-color illustrations), Maslow¿s hierarchy, Informed Consent and other ethical-legal issues. *ASSESSMENT ¿ reusable history and assessment tool, mental status assessment, DSM-IV-TR multiaxial assessment tool & GAF scale, AIMS assessment tool, cultural considerations and assessment tool, documentation, and others. *PSYCH DISORDERS ¿ summarizes major categories of disorders: delirium, dementia, substance-related disorders, schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety, gender identity, eating, and personality disorders; and client/family education. *PSYCH INTERVENTIONS ¿ key aspects of therapeutic modalities, communication and nonverbal techniques, milieu, family and group therapy, cognitive behavioral, and complementary therapies. *PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS ¿ drug classes and common psychotropics, including dosages, side effects and cautions, as well as alphabetical listing (with geriatric dose considerations) for point-of-care reference. *CRISIS ¿ includes crisis interventions, anger/aggression management, and suicide risk assessment, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. *GERIATRICS ¿ disorders and assessments specific to geriatric clients, including pharmacokinetics, elder abuse, suicide assessment, and medications and the elderly. *TOOLS ¿ DSM-IV-TR classifications and diagnostic codes, frequently used phone numbers, NANDA assigned to client behaviors, and psychiatric terminology. PLUS - Free access to the PsychNotes online 'additional resources' webpage, which includes a review of assessment tools, over 50 complete drug monographs that can be printed, client/family and professional resources, including hotline numbers and contact information for both client and professional organizations.

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