Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - Elsevier eBook on Intel Education Study, 6th Edition
Elsevier eBook on Intel Education Study

Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - Elsevier eBook on Intel Education Study, 6th Edition


The 6th 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.
  • Updated nursing process and clinical chapters keep you current with the latest ANA Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

  • An increased focus on health promotion and recovery reflects federal, state, and local initiatives to improve screening methods, patient and family teaching, rehabilitation, and community treatment options for people who have mental illnesses.

  • Enhanced Evidence-Based Practice boxes emphasize the profound impact of research—and your potential role in that process—on the advancement of psychiatric treatment options.

  • A new chapter on sleep disorders covers the most common sleep disturbances and their relationships to psychiatric illness, as well as the nurse’s role in their assessment and management.

  • A new chapter on sexual dysfunction and sexual disorders examines the complex issue of sexual behavior and provides the information you need to conduct a sexual assessment, identify sexual dysfunctions and disorders, recognize nursing implications, and formulate interventions.


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 and Elizabeth M. Varcarolis, RN, MA, Professor Emeritus, Formerly Deputy Chairperson, Department of Nursing, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY; Associate Fellow, Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), New York, NY


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