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Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Concepts of Care in Evidence-Based Practice 8th Edition


Author: Mary C. Townsend DSN PMHCNS-BC

Publisher: F.A. Davis Company


Publish Date: August 20, 2014

ISBN-10: 803640927

Pages: 1088

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

Currently in progress, implementation of the recommendations set forth by the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has given enhanced priority to mental health care in the United States. Moreover, at the 65th meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2012, India, Switzerland, and the United States cosponsored a resolution requesting that the World Health Organization, in collaboration with member countries, develop a global mental health action plan. This resolution was passed at the 66th WHA in May 2013. By their support of this resolution, member countries have expressed their commitment for “promotion of mental health, prevention of mental disorders, and early identification, care, support, treatment, and recovery of persons with mental disorders.” With the passage of this resolution, mental health services may now be available for millions who have been without this type of care.

Many nurse leaders see this period of mental healthcare reform as an opportunity for nurses to expand their roles and assume key positions in education, prevention, assessment, and referral. Nurses are, and will continue to be, in key positions to assist individuals to attain, maintain, or regain optimal emotional wellness.

As it has been with each new edition of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: Concepts of Care in Evidence- Based Nursing, the goal of this eighth edition is to bring to practicing nurses and nursing students the most up-to-date information related to neurobiology, psychopharmacology, and evidence-based nursing interventions. Notable in this edition are changes associated with the recently-published fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Content and Features New to the Eighth Edition

All content has been updated to reflect the current state of the discipline of nursing.

All psychiatric diagnostic content is reflective of the newly published American Psychiatric Association’sDiagnostic and Statistical  Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (2013).

All nursing diagnoses are current with the NANDA-I 2012-2014 Nursing Diagnoses Definitions and Classifications.

Six “Communication Exercises” boxes—one each following the chapters on Neurocognitive Disorders, Substance Use and Addictive Disorders, Schizophrenia, Depressive Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Survivors of Abuse or Neglect. These exercises portray clinical scenarios that allow the student to practice communication skills with clients. Examples of answers appear in an appendix at the back of the book. New content on factitious disorder, Munchausen syndrome, and hoarding disorder.

New chapter on “Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders” (to correlate with DSM-5). New chapter on “Military Families.”

New chapter on “The Recovery Model” in the Therapeutic Approaches unit of the textbook. Additional content on the Recovery Model in chapters on Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.

Updated and new psychotropic drugs approved since the publication of the seventh edition. These are included in the specific diagnostic chapters to which they apply and in the psychopharmacology chapter found on

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