Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing. An Essential Guide for Nursing and Healthcare Students

  • ID: 4226315
  • Book
  • 536 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing is an accessible evidence–based introduction to the role of the mental health nurse. This comprehensive overview explores concepts of mental health and distress, ethics and accountability, key nursing models to be aware of, and the prevalence, predisposing factors and features of the most commonly occurring mental health problems.


  • Places mental health conditions and interventions within a wider holistic context
  • Situates recovery at the centre of mental health nursing practice
  • Links key concepts to mental health across the lifespan
  • Contains learning outcomes in each chapter and includes vignettes, activities and reflective exercises to root concepts in real life practice

Information is placed in a practice context from the outset, making this an essential guide to both the theory and the practice of mental health nursing. It is ideal for students on courses relating to mental health care, as well as for registered nurses and health care practitioners looking to revise their knowledge of key concepts.

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Preface vii

List of Contributors xi

About the CompanionWebsite xv

Part 1 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 1 What is mental health? 3Anne Felton, Gemma Stacey, Steve Hemingway and Andrew Clifton

Chapter 2 The policy context of mental health nursing in the UK 21Karen Ozden

Chapter 3 Models and values of mental health nursing practice 39Gemma Stacey

Chapter 4 Legal and ethical frameworks for mental health nursing practice 51Alastair Morgan and Nigel Plant

Chapter 5 Facilitating evidence based practice 69Karen–Leigh Edward

Chapter 6 Co–production: facilitating recovery with service users 83Andrew Clifton and Jane Noble

Chapter 7 Communication and interpersonal skills 1: an introduction 97Steve Lyon

Part 2 Mental Health Problems and Therapeutic Interventions

Chapter 8 Commonly occurring mental health problems 113Andrew Ramtohul and Jo Higman

Chapter 9 Serious mental health problems 127Jo Fox

Chapter 10 Organic mental health problems 143Alan Pringle

Chapter 11 People with learning disabilities and mental health 157Stacey Atkinson

Chapter 12 Substance misuse 171Jane McGregor and Paul Cassedy

Chapter 13 Eating disorders 187Fiona Joanne Trotter

Chapter 14 Personality disorder 205Andrea Milligan and Cholena Mountain

Chapter 15 Communication and interpersonal skills 2: emotional engagement 225Theo Stickley, Julie Gosling and Caroline Fox

Chapter 16 Cognitive behavioural therapy 239Philip Kinsella

Chapter 17 Psychodynamic and other talking therapies 251James Turner and John Wren

Chapter 18 Basics of psychopharmacology 269Rebecca Burgess–Dawson and Steve Hemingway

Chapter 19 Assessment and therapeutic management of risk 289Danielle Brady

Chapter 20 Working with self–harm and suicide 307Charley Baker

Chapter 21 Mental health promotion 321Sandra Moran

Part 3 Mental Health Nursing and the Lifespan

Chapter 22 Mental health and children, adolescents and younger people 337Richard Glover and Joseph Kilgariff

Chapter 23 Mental health and adults 353Ruth Brown, Kat Munn and Vikki Wilford

Chapter 24 Mental health in later life 373Michaela Mallon

Part 4 Recovery in the Context of Mental Health Services

Chapter 25 Applying recovery based principles in practice 389Ros Masamha

Chapter 26 Community based mental health services in action 401Gary Payne, Kevin Somerton and Alyson Leeks

Chapter 27 In–patient services 421Tim Carter and Nicola Wright

Chapter 28 Working with family and friends 437Karen Machin and Emma Watson

Chapter 29 Embracing mental health and physical healthcare 451Sheila Hardy and Jacquie White

Chapter 30 Clinical supervision for the new supervisee 473Paul Cassedy

Answers 487

Index 509

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Andrew Clifton
Steve Hemingway
Anne Felton
Gemma Stacey
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