Varcarolis' Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 7th Edition

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Varcarolis' Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 7th Edition


The 7th edition of this market-leading textbook offers a clear, straightforward way to understand the often intimidating subject of psychiatric mental health nursing. Its practical, clinical perspective and user-friendly writing style help you quickly master key concepts. Clinical chapters follow the nursing process framework and progress from theory to application with a wealth of real-world examples to prepare you for practice.

  • UNIQUE! A conversational, user-friendly writing style helps you quickly grasp complex psychiatric mental health nursing concepts.

  • Clinical chapters are logically and consistently organized with sections on the clinical picture, epidemiology, comorbidity, etiology, and application of the nursing process.

  • Clinical chapters follow the nursing process, providing you with consistent guidelines for comprehensive assessment and intervention.

  • Vignettes prepare you for real-world practice with personal, descriptive characterizations of patients with specific psychiatric disorders.

  • Coverage of psychopharmacology in clinical chapters familiarizes you with specific drug treatment options, including the most commonly used drugs and important nursing considerations for their use.

  • Assessment Guidelines boxes list essential guidelines for comprehensive patient assessment.

  • Case Studies with Nursing Care Plans present individualized histories of patients with specific psychiatric disorders and include interventions with rationales and evaluation statements for each patient goal.

  • A separate chapter on cultural implications, as well as Considering Culture boxes throughout the text, provides essential information on culture, worldviews, and techniques for providing culturally competent care.

  • Coverage of treatment and recovery in the community addresses the need for successful ongoing psychiatric mental health nursing care in the community setting.
  • A chapter on end-of-life care examines the psychological impact of terminal illness and death on patients, families, and nurses.

    New content on integrative care –this content will cover patient centered medical homes, integrated care clinics and the role of advanced practice nurses in psychiatric care

    *Relevant QSEN competencies will be introduced in Chapter One, Mental Health and Mental Illness, and will be integrated throughout the text. A common sense, and how it applies to practice, approach will be used to highlight the competencies relevant to psych nursing care such as safety, communication, evidence based practice and others.

    * Include more content and discussion on genetics as the basis for psychological disorders. Will consider a new chapter or add this content to Chapter 3, Biological Basis for Understanding Psychotropic Drugs

    *Enhance content on the health promotion and prevention of illness in pediatric patients

    *The author has secured a knowledgeable, expert contributor to develop meaningful, concept maps for the clinical chapters and we will work to revise our current concept map creator on Evolve to be more state of the art

    *Integrate the DSM-V to the extent that we know prior to publication to make our text as current as possible. DSM-V content is to be released in Spring 2013 while our text is in production. All relevant and updated NANDA content will be included as well

    * The number of photos and illustrations will be increased to add to the appeal of the text (per reviewer comments). One example is to include normal brain images in the clinical chapters that are also accompanied by an image demonstrating clinical pathology (eg: schizophrenia)


    Chapter 1 Mental Health and Mental Illness

    Chapter 2 Relevant Theories and Therapies for Nursing Practice

    Chapter 3 Biological Basis for Understanding Psychotropic Drugs


    Chapter 4 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in Acute Care Settings

    Chapter 5 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in Community Settings

    Chapter 6 Cultural Implications for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

    Chapter 7 Legal and Ethical Guidelines for Safe Practice


    Chapter 8 The Nursing Process and Standards of Care for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

    Chapter 9 Therapeutic Relationships

    Chapter 10 Communication and the Clinical Interview

    Chapter 11 Understanding Responses to Stress


    Chapter 12 Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

    Chapter 13 Depressive Disorders

    Chapter 14 Bipolar Disorders

    Chapter 15 Schizophrenia

    Chapter 16 Eating Disorders

    Chapter 17 Cognitive Disorders

    Chapter 18 Addictive Disorders

    Chapter 19 Personality Disorders

    Chapter 20 Sleep Disorders

    Chapter 21 Sexual Dysfunction and Sexual Disorders

    Chapter 22 Somatoform, Factitious, and Dissociative Disorders


    Chapter 23 Crisis and Disaster

    Chapter 24 Suicide

    Chapter 25 Anger, Aggression, and Violence

    Chapter 26 Child, Older Adult, and Intimate Partner Abuse

    Chapter 27 Sexual Assault


    Chapter 28 Disorders of Children and Adolescents

    Chapter 29 Psychosocial Needs of the Older Adult

    Chapter 30 Serious Mental Illness

    Chapter 31 Psychological Needs of Patients with Medical Conditions

    Chapter 32 Care for the Dying and for Those Who Grieve

    Chapter 33 Forensic Psychiatric Nursing


    Chapter 34 Therapeutic Groups

    Chapter 35 Family Interventions

    Chapter 36 Integrative Care


    A DSM-IV-TR Classification

    B Historic Synopsis of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

    C NANDA-I-Approved Nursing Diagnoses

    D Answers to Chapter Review Questions



    Margaret Jordan Halter, PhD, PMHCNS, Margaret (Peggy) Halter, PhD, APRN
    Associate Dean
    Ashland University
    Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences
    Ashland, Ohio
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