Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780323389655, 9780323415279

Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

3rd Edition

A Communication Approach to Evidence-Based Care

Author: Elizabeth Varcarolis
Paperback ISBN: 9780323389655
eBook ISBN: 9780323415279
eBook ISBN: 9780323415378
eBook ISBN: 9780323415309
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 21st September 2016
Page Count: 512

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Awarded third place in the 2017 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Category. Get a full understanding of today’s psychiatric nursing practice in less time! Essentials of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 3rd Edition offers the perfect balance of essential nursing interventions and clinical content paired with current research and evidence-based practice to fully equip you for today’s field of mental health nursing. This new edition continues to retain the reader-friendly style, emphasis on therapeutic communication, and the nursing process organization that was successful in the previous edition. It also includes additional DSM-5 disorders, illustrations of various neurobiology disorders, a new neurobiology learning tool, and new NCLEX review questions to help you pass your course and thoroughly prepare for the psychiatric nursing section of the NCLEX.

Key Features

  • REVISED! Examining the Evidence boxes explain the reasoning behind nursing interventions and how research affects everyday practice.
  • UNIQUE! Applying the Art sections in the clinical chapters provide examples of therapeutic and nontherapeutic communication techniques as well as realistic nurse-patient interaction scenarios.
  • Chapter review questions reinforce essential content from the chapter.
  • Critical thinking questions introduce clinical situations in psychiatric nursing.
  • Nursing Interventions tables familiarize readers with interventions for a disorder that they will encounter in clinical practice.
  • Key concepts and terms clarify essential terminology.
  • Vignettes offer succinct, real-life glimpses into clinical practice by describing patients and their psychiatric disorders.
  • Assessment Guidelines familiarize readers with methods of assessing patients.
  • Potential Nursing Diagnosis tables give several possible nursing diagnoses for a particular disorder along with the associated signs and symptoms.
  • DSM-5 diagnostic criteria identifies medical diagnostic criteria for psychiatric disorders for integration into the nursing plan of care.
  • Important contributions from psychiatric mental health nursing pioneers are featured in the opening unit pages.
  • Cultural Considerations sections reinforce the principles of culturally competent care.
  • Key Points to Remember outline the main concepts of each chapter in an easy to comprehend and concise bulleted list.
  • Appendices feature the DSM-5 Classifications and a list of the latest NANDA-I diagnoses for readers’ reference.

Table of Contents

Unit I: Essential Theoretical Concepts for Practice
1. Practicing the Science and the Art of Psychiatric Nursing
2. Mental Health and Mental Illness
3. Theories and Therapies
4. Biological Basis for Understanding Psychopharmacology
5. Settings for Psychiatric Care
6. Legal and Ethical Basis for Practice

Unit II: Tools for Practice of the Art
7. Nursing Process and QSEN: The Foundation for Safe and Effective Care
8. Skills: Medium for All Nursing Practice
9. Therapeutic Relationships and the Clinical Interview

Unit III: Caring for Patients with Psychobiological Disorders
10. Stress and Stress-Related Disorders
11. Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
12. Somatic Symptom Disorders and Related Disorders
13. Personality Disorders
14. Eating Disorders
15. Mood Disorders: Depression
16. Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
17. Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders and Other Psychotic Disorders
18. Neurocognitive Disorders
19. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Unit IV: Caring for Patients Experiencing Psychiatric Emergencies
20. Crisis and Mass Disaster
21. Child, Partner, and Elder Violence
22. Sexual Violence
23. Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
24. Anger, Aggression, and Violence
25. Care for the Dying and Those Who Grieve

Unit V: Age-Related Mental Health Disorders
26. Children and Adolescents
27. Adults
28. Older Adults

   A.  DSM-5 Classification
   B.  NANDA-Approved Nursing Diagnoses


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About the Author

Elizabeth Varcarolis

Affiliations and Expertise

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