Key Debates in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

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  • 408 Pages
  • Elsevier Health Science
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This book is unique, because no other psychiatric/mental health nursing text has ever brought together 'opposing' or contrasting views of the same issue, and subsequently invited two seperate chapters to be written in order to articulate the different perspectives in the debate. Further, no book has then followed up such a wide and thorough discussion by inviting a third party to offer commentary. The purpose of this book is to present a range of key issues that psychiatric/mental health nurses face. They are practice, policy, research and education related issues. The purpose then is to present the most complete, balanced arguments possible in order to inform, educate, and stimulate psychiatric/mental health nurses.
Furthermore the purpose of the book is to make psychiatric/mental health nurses more aware of the, often, uncertain nature of much of psychiatric/mental health nursing practice and knowledge. Psychiatric/mental health nursing is not characterised by 'black and white', easily delineated issues, and is perhaps characterised by various 'shades of grey'. Indeed, it is often stated as axiomatic that psychiatric/mental health nurses can be described as a 'broad church'. Consequently, the purpose of this book is to help psychiatric/mental health nurses appreciate this broad church, be able to understand the various 'shades of grey', be able to understand that, often, there are differing views, inconclusive arguments and contentious debates and for this to influence their clinical practice.
As the international range of contributors illustrates, these debates (to a greater or lesser extent) are issues and debates that psychiatric/mental health nurses face the world over; these are matters of real international importance and significance. These issues have been touched upon, and to a limited extent, debated at psychiatric/mental health nursing conferences and, to an even lesser extent, within some psychiatric/mental health nursing journals. Thus, they are real issues that many nurses are facing, talking about and trying to resolve.

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Foreword by Sandra Thomas; Foreword by Antony Sheehan; Preface; List of Contributors; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1 - Introduction - Debate within psychiatric/mental health nursing; its nature, its place and its necessity (John R. Cutcliffe and Martin F. Ward); Debate 1: What's in a name? Psychiatric or mental health nurses? Editorial; Chapter 2 - The case for mental health nurses (Mary Chambers); Chapter 3 - The case for psychiatric nurses (Phyllis Du Mont); Commentary (John Collins); Debate 2: Reconciliatory or recalcitrant: should psychiatric/mental health nursing strive for independence from or be closely allied to psychiatric medicine? Editorial; Chapter 4 - Psychiatry and psychiatric nursing in the New World Order (Peter Morrall); Chapter 5 - Declaring conceptual independence from obsolete professional affilitions (Liam Clarke); Commentary (Jon Allen); Debate 3: Heterogenous or homogenize: should psychiatric/mental health nursing have a specialist or genetic preparation? Editorial; Chapter 6 - Generic nurses: the nemesis of psychiatric/mental health nursing? (John R. Cutcliffe and Hugh McKenna); Chapter 7 - Debating the integration of psychiatric/mental health nursing content in undergraduate nursing programs (Olive Younge and Geertje Boschma); Commentary (Stephen Tilley); Debate 4: Practice or theory centred: should psychiatric/mental health nursing be located within higher education and have a theory emphasis, or should it be practice orientated? editorial; Chapter 8 - The case for maintaining psychiatric/mental health nurse preparation within higher education (Ben Hannigan and Michael Coffey); Chapter 9 - Theory vs practice - gap or chasm? the preparation of practitioners: academic and practice issues (Linda Marie Lowe); Commentary (Marita Valimaki); Debate 5: Dealing with violence and aggression in psychiatric/mental health nursing: the case of 'control and restraint' and 'de-escalation'. Editorial; Chapter 10 - Managing violence - a contemporary challenge for psychiatric/mental health nurses: the case for control and restraint (James Noak, Sean Conway and John Carthy); Chapter 11 - Issues and concerns about control and restraint training; moving the debate forward (Andrew McDonnell and Ian Gallon); Commentary (Malcolm Rae); Debate 6: Expansion or diminution of our character, essence and core: the matter of nurse prescribing in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Editorial; Chapter 12 - Gently applying the brakes - the case against nurse prescribing in psychiatric/mental health nursing (Tom Keen); Chapter 13 - Psychiatric/mental healyth nurses as non-medical prescribers: the case for nurse prescribing (Katharine Bailey and Steve Hemingway); Commentary (Dawn Freshwater); Debate 7: Caring for the suicidal person - the modus operandi: engagement or operation? Editorial; Chapter 14 - Considering the care of the suicidal client and the case for 'engagement and inspiring hope' or 'observations' (John R. Cutcliffe and Phil Barker); Chapter 15 - Close observations: the scaprgoat of mental health care? (Martin Ward and Julia Jones); Commentary (Peter Campbell); Debate 8: The standardization of psychiatric/mental health nursing: eliminating confusion or settling for mediocrity? Editorial: Chapter 16 - In favour of standardization (Susan McCabe); Chapter 17 - Against standardization (Gary Rolfe); Commentary (Wendy Austin); Debate 9: An appropriate, useful and meaningful research paradigm for psychiatric/mental health nurses: the qualitative - quantative debate. Editorial; Chapter 18 - Qualifying psychiatric/mental health nursing research (Chris Stevenson); Chapter 19 - An appropriate, useful and meaningful research paradigm for psychiatric/mental health nurses: pro qualitative methods (on being a good craftsman) (Nigel Wellman); Commentary (Philip Burnard); Debate 10: The proper focus: should psychiatric/mental health nursing have a humanistic or biological emphasis? Editorial; Chapter 20 - Psychiatric/mental health nursing: biological perspectives (Kevin Gournay); Chapter 21 - Biological psychiatry vs humanism: Why taking meaning seriously in mental health practice is not inferior (Michael Clinton); Commentary (Bryn Davis); Index
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Cutcliffe, John R David G. Braithwaite Professor of Nursing, University of Texas, Tyler, TX; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatric Nursing SCISN, Vancouver, Canada; Associate Editor: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Assistant Editor: International Journal of Nursing Studies; Director, Cutcliffe Consulting.

Ward, Martin Independent Mental Health Nursing Consultant; Co-ordinator of Mental Health Nursing Courses, University of Malta; Chair of the Expert Panel, HORATIO - Psychiatric Nurses in Europe.
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