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Table of Contents

Unit 1: Foundations in Theory
1. Mental Health and Mental Illness
  Mary Haase (MacEwan University) 
2. Historical Overview of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  Holly Symonds-Brown (MacEwan University)  
3. Relevant Theories and Therapies for Nursing Practice
  Sherri Melrose, Sharon L. Moore (Athabasca University)
4. Psychotropic Drugs
  Beth Swart (Ryerson University)  

Unit 2: Foundations in Practice
5. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in Acute Care Settings
  Karen J. Clements (Brandon University)  
6. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in Community Settings
  Holly Symonds-Brown (MacEwan University)  
7. Cultural Implications for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  Elaine M. Mordoch (University of Manitoba)  
8. Ethical Responsibilities and Legal Obligations for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practice
  Cheryl L. Pollard (MacEwan University)   

Unit 3: Psychosocial Nursing Techniques
9. The Nursing Process and Standards of Care for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  Karen J. Clements (Brandon University)   
10. Therapeutic Relationships
  Michel Andre Tarko (President, Justice Institute of British Columbia)   
11. Communication and the Clinical Interview
  Michel Andre Tarko (President, Justice Institute of British Columbia)    
12. Understanding Responses to Stress
  Sandra Mitchell (Nurse Educator, British Columbia Centre for Disease Control)      

Unit 4: Psychobiological Disorders
13. Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Related Disorders
  Mary Haase, Susan L. Ray (MacEwan University, Western University)&n


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About the authors

Margaret Halter

Affiliations and Expertise

Margaret (Peggy) Halter, PhD, APRN Associate Dean Ashland University Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ashland, Ohio

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