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Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care Planning

Assessment Guides, Diagnoses, Psychopharmacology

A pocket-sized clinical companion, Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care Planning, 4th Edition helps you assess psychiatric nursing clients, formulate nursing diagnoses, and design psychiatric nursing care plans. It offers quick and easy access to information on care in a range of settings including the inpatient unit, home care, or community mental health setting. Expert author Elizabeth M. Varcarolis, RN, MA, provides a clinically based focus with the latest guidelines to psychiatric nursing care. Designed to accompany Foundations of Mental Health Nursing, this book is a perfect reference for creating care plans and for clinical use.


Published: March 2010

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4557-3710-9


  • Part I: Guidelines for Planning Psychiatric Nursing Care

    1. The Nursing Process and Assessment Tools for Psychiatric Nursing

    2. Maximizing Communication Skills

    3. Guidelines for the Nurse Conducting a Clinical Interview

    Part II: Diagnosis and Care Planning

    4. Selected Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

    5. Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

    6. Depressive Disorders

    7. Bipolar Disorders

    8. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

    9. Personality Disorders

    10. Addictions

    11. Eating Disorders

    12. Cognitive Disorders: Delirium and Dementia

    Part III: Psychiatric Emergencies and Forensic Issues

    13. Crisis Intervention and Rehabilitation

    14. Family Violence

    15. Sexual Assault

    16. Suicide Behaviors

    17. Anger and Aggression

    18. Grieving and Complicated Grieving

    Part IV: Challenging Behaviors

    19. Manipulative Behaviors

    20. Noncompliance (Nonadherence) to Medication or Treatment

    Part V: Psychopharmacology

    21. Major Psychotropic Interventions and Patient and Family Teaching

    Appendix A  References

    Appendix B  Classification and Full Assessment

    Appendix C  Assessment Tools for Children and Adolescents

    Appendix D  Assessment Guides

    Appendix E  Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS)

    Appendix F  Nursing Care in Electroconvulsive Therapy


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