Nursing and Mental Health Care: An Introduction for All Fields of Practice

Nursing and Mental Health Care: An Introduction for All Fields of Practice


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Improving mental health for all is increasingly important in nursing as more people suffer from mental health issues, ranging from stress through to diagnosed illnesses. It is crucial that all nurses, not just mental health nurses, are aware of mental health problems and the impact these have on patients, families and carers. This book gives a clear overview of mental health in nursing, relevant for all fields of practice. It explains the core features of the mental health nursing field, and explores aspects of mental health that every nurse should understand in order to provide holistic care to their patients.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844454679
Publisher: Learning Matters
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.73(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

Dr Steven Trenoweth is a mental health nurse and an senior lecturer at Bournemouth University. He is responsible for teaching a range of health related topics at both undergraduate and post graduate levels specifically within the field of mental health and psychology. His interests include positive health and psychosocial interventions.

Terry Docherty has been a senior lecturer in mental health for nearly twenty years, and is currently working at the University of West London with a clinical link with the Central North West London Trust. His main areas of work include the delivery of the pre-registration programmes leading to the Advanced Diploma or BSc in Higher Education in Mental Health Nursing. His interests are in teaching in the areas of personality disorder, psychosis and legal and ethical issues in mental health nursing.

Joseph Franks is a mental health nurse and a lecturer of mental health at the University of West London. He is responsible for teaching a range of mental health topics and delivering this to students of mental health nursing, including the delivery of post registration qualifications in Psycho-Social Interventions for Psychosis. His interests include Family Interventions for Psychosis, Relapse Prevention Work and Early Interventions for Psychosis. He has a background of working within the clinical area of Intensive Rehabilitation often with service users who have serious mental illnesses; this provided him with the opportunity to develop his skills when working with this client group delivering Psycho-Social Interventions for Psychosis.

Reuben Pearce is an experienced mental health nurse and independent prescriber who has worked for Berkshire Healthcare Trust NHS Foundation Trust for the past fifteen years. Since qualifying as an RMN in 2002 he has experienced working in Assertive Outreach, inpatient services, A&E Liaison, Dual Diagnosis and Crisis/Home Treatment. Reuben has recently taken up a full time post as lecturer at the University in West London, specialising in the pre registration mental health nursing programme and other post registration courses such as Non-Medical Prescribing and Psychosocial Interventions for Psychosis. Reuben is also a member of the Oxford Psych Course Team who provide training across the UK and in Hong Kong for psychiatrists in preparation for the Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) Exam - part of the MRCPsych examination for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Table of Contents

Understanding Mental Health and Ill Health
Clarifying Your Own Personal Values and Beliefs
The Policy Context for Mental-Health Care
Mental and Physical Health Care Needs
Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental-Health Nursing
Communicating and Relating
Assessing Mental-Health Needs
Helping the Person with Mental-Health Needs
Improving Your Own Mental-Health

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