The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: A Textbook of Principles and Practice

The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: A Textbook of Principles and Practice

The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: A Textbook of Principles and Practice

The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: A Textbook of Principles and Practice

Synopsis

What are the foundations of mental health nursing as a practice discipline and how do nurses approach their work?â· What interventions are available for mental health nurses to draw upon and how can these be applied to help people with a range of mental problems?â· What practical steps can mental health nurses take to engage clients in treatment and work with them to promote their recovery? This new textbook prepares qualified mental health nurses and those in training with the information and grounding necessary to question practice, contribute to decision making in multi-disciplinary care teams, and draw upon research-based knowledge in the delivery of care and development of mental health services. The book avoids a tendency to present a restrictive account of mental health nursing as either an â¬?artâ¬", concerned primarily with nursesâ¬" therapeutic relationships with â¬?people in distressâ¬" or a â¬?scienceâ¬", concerned with the delivery of evidence-based interventions to â¬?patients with a defined mental illnessâ¬". In reality practising nurses must be artists and scientists simultaneously and they need to find ways of integrating these elements whilst meeting service usersâ¬" demands and policy directives for mental health services. This major new work provides a resource to practising nurses to help them to meet this remit.This textbook will be essential reading for pre-registration mental health nursing students, post-qualifying mental health nurses and other health care professionals working in mental health services.

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