Placement Learning in Mental Health Nursing

1st Edition

A guide for students in practice


Key Features

  • Takes a logical, step-by-step approach to preparing for learning on a mental health placement
  • Introduces the principles of care, support and treatment of an individual with mental health problems, linking university-learned theory to practice
  • Uses narratives from other students to describe what the placement will really be like
  • Highlights potential learning opportunities and experiences available on a mental health placement
  • Explains how to develop your clinical portfolio by completing specific exercises and activities
  • Maps all activities and exercises to the NMC competencies
  • Discusses the possible challenges that may arise during a mental health placement and advises on approaches to a range of situations
  • Keeps the aim of recovery as a central philosophy in line with contemporary thinking in mental health care.

Series features:

  • A unique guide to getting the most from clinical placements
  • How to prepare for your placement
  • What you can expect to learn during a placement
  • Clear links to, and examples of, achieving NMC competencies
  • Guidance on what to use as evidence for your portfolio
  • Case studies that link theory with practice
  • How to consolidate your experience and learn from the placement
  • Tips, activities, further reading suggestions and useful websites.

Table of Contents

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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Bailièrre Tindall
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