The first part of Mental Health Care for Nurses: Applying mentalhealth skills in the general hospital explores the context ofmental health care in hospital and residential settings andprovides a practical framework for assessment, planning anddelivery of mental health care. The second part explores specifictopics such as self-harm and suicide prevention, caring for thepatient displaying challenging behaviour, maternal and perinatalmental health problems, mental health problems associated with oldage, mood disorders, and illicit drug and alcohol dependence.
This is an adaptation of a Wiley Blackwell title by Harrison & Hart (editors), Mental Health Care for Nurses, designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students. Mental Health Nursing is generally a core second year subject and may be taken by nurses, paramedics, occupational therapists and other health disciplines. The focus is not on the ‘general hospital', as many nurses and other health professionals in Australia will not necessarily be working in the hospital setting. It is important to consider the role of the ‘multidisciplinary team'.