Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

By Elizabeth M. Varcarolis, RN, MA and Margaret Jordan Halter, PhD, PMHCNS
A Communication Approach to Evidence-Based Care
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This focused approach to psychiatric mental health provides you with an uncomplicated way to understand the often-intimidating subject of psychiatric nursing. Inside you'll find two themes of psychiatric mental health nursing: the "How” of Communication and the "Why” of Evidence. You will also find easy-to-understand explanations of the research that applies to psychiatric nursing issues and how to incorporate this evidence into everyday care.

Key Features
  • Emphasizes evidence-based practice related to nursing interventions and the profound impact of research on the advancement of treatment options for individuals with psychiatric disorders.
  • UNIQUE! Examining the Evidence boxes ask a realistic question and then explore the research on the topic to demonstrate how best evidence can be used in everyday practice.
  • Highlights therapeutic communication as a core component of mental health nursing and the foundation for successful nurse-patient relationships.
  • UNIQUE! Applying the Art communication tables walk through nurse-patient interactions to illustrate therapeutic and nontherapeutic communication and provide explanations of mental health nursing concepts.
  • Numerous vignettes offer real-life glimpses into clinical practice by describing patients and their psychiatric disorders.
  • Potential Nursing Diagnoses tables give possible nursing diagnoses for a particular disorder along with the associated signs symptoms.
  • Nursing Interventions tables list interventions for a given disorder or clinical situation, along with rationales for each intervention.
  • Pharmacological, Biological, and Integrative Therapies sections of the clinical chapters cover the range of available treatments for a given disorder, including both traditional and non-traditional treatments.
  • Key Points to Remember, Critical Thinking questions, and Chapter Review questions help you understand, apply, and remember important information.
  • A companion CD, included with the text and Student Resources on Evolve, reinforce concepts with a variety of engaging learning tools.
ISBN 9781416000518
Table of Content Unit I - Essential Theoretical Concepts for Practice

1. Practicing the Science and Art of Psychiatric Nursing

2. Mental Health and Mental Illness

3. Theories and Therapies

4. Biological Basis for Understanding Psychopharmacology

Unit II - Tools for Practice of the Art

5. Nursing Process: The Foundation for Safe and Effective Care

6. Communication Skills: Medium for All Nursing Practice

7. Therapeutic Relationships and the Clinical Interview

Unit III - Caring for Patients with Psychobiological Disorders

8. Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

9. Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders

10. Personality Disorders

11. Eating Disorders

12. Mood Disorders: Depression

13. Mood Disorders: Mania

14. The Schizophrenias

15. Cognitive Disorders

16. Addictive Disorders

Unit IV - Communicating with and Planning Care for Patients Experiencing Psychiatric Emergencies

17. Crisis and Disaster

18. Child, Partner, and Elder Abuse

19. Sexual Assault

20. Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

21. Anger and Aggression

22. Grief and Loss

Unit V - Communicating with and Planning Care for Patients with Discrete Needs

23. Children and Adolescents

24. Adults

25. Older Adults

Unit VI - Caring for Patients within the Context of the Mental Health Care System

26. Legal and Ethical Basis for Practice

27. Settings for Psychiatric Care


A. DSM-IV-TR Classification

B. NANDA-International-Approved Nursing Diagnoses

C. Answers to Chapter Review Questions

Author Information By Elizabeth M. Varcarolis, RN, MA, Professor Emeritus, Formerly Deputy Chairperson, Department of Nursing, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY; Associate Fellow, Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), New York, NY; and Margaret Jordan Halter, PhD, PMHCNS, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Trim 8 x 10
Pages 624
Publication Date 10-09-2008
Stock Status Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for delivery.
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