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Placement Learning in Mental Health Nursing

A guide for students in practice

Worried about your Mental Health placement? Will you fit in? Will you have the right skills? What do you need to learn for practice assessments?

This book will help you with all these concerns. It will tell you what to expect from the placement, what you can learn, how to link theory and practice, and how to make the most of your learning opportunities.

Placement Learning in Mental Health Nursing covers the following areas:

  • A logical, step-by-step approach to preparing for a mental health placement
  • Helps make the most of learning opportunities
  • Explains how to develop mental health competencies
  • Narratives from other students describe what the placement will really be like
  • Honest discussion of the challenges of a mental health placement to help avoid problems
  • Advice on possible approaches to situations that may arise
  • Keeps the aim of recovery as a central philosophy in line with contemporary thinking in mental health services.

Nursing students


Published: September 2012

Imprint: Baillière Tindall

ISBN: 978-0-7020-5169-2


  • Section 1 Preparation for practice placement experience

    1 Mental health services and nursing: development and practice

    2 Introduction to the nature and impact of mental health problems

    3 Principles of contemporary mental health practice

    4 Mental health practice learning

    5 The practicalities of mental health placements

    Section 2 Practice-based learning and placement learning opportunities

    6 Broad skills for mental health nursing

    7 Forming, maintaining and ending therapeutic relationships

    8 Collaborative approach to nursing: assessment and care planning

    9 Working with people to make choices about their treatment

    10 Working with people who hear voices or express unusual beliefs

    11 Working with people who are anxious or low in mood

    12 Assessing and managing risk

    13 Handling difficult situations

    14 Demonstrating leadership in a mental health setting

    Section 3 Reflecting on practice learning

    15 The service user experience

    16 Turning challenges into opportunities in mental health placements

    Appendix 1: Common acronyms used in mental health settings

    Appendix 2: jargon buster


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