Completely Revised Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards Keeps Pace with Change

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Completely Revised Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards Keeps Pace with Change


Mental health care is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. Nurses in every care setting are increasingly called upon to understand and implement evidence-based, cuttingedge practice for patients who present with mental health issues. The brand-new edition of the PsychiatricMental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice gives all nurses what they need to know about key topics in current nursing practice in psychiatric-mental health care and is designed as a resource for practicing RNs and other professionals.

ANA\California member Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CADC-II, who co-chaired the task force on behalf of APNA, said, "It was important to the task force to ensure that the Scope and Standards continues as an indispensable resource to guide psychiatric-mental health nurses and provides the public with a comprehensive picture of the broad range of skills and capabilities encompassed by our profession."

The second edition is the definitive book covering the essentials of psychiatric-mental health nursing in all practice levels and settings. It articulates what is expected of all psychiatric-mental health nurses, specifying the "who, what, where, when, why and how" of their practice. It presents the underlying assumptions and characteristics, addresses matters of environments and settings as well as education and training requirements, and covers key issues and trends and the ethical and conceptual basis of the specialty. Moreover, it specifies the competencies for nursing practice and professional performance of all psychiatric-mental health RNs. …

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