- Paperback: 872 pages
- Publisher: Open University Press (1 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0335212425
- ISBN-13: 978-0335212422
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.6 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: A Textbook of Principles Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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A hefty tome aiming to provide mental health nurses and students with a comprehensive overview of modern mental health nursing. -- Health Service Journal, Thursday 26 August 2004
About the Author
Ian Norman is Professor of Nursing and Inter-disciplinary Care at King’s College London. He is a social scientist who is also a qualified mental health, learning disability and general nurse and social worker. Most of his practice has been as a mental health nurse and probation officer in field settings and residential units. Ian pursues a substantial research programme into mental health nursing and care, professional and career development of health care workers and inter-professional working and education. He has an extensive publication record including many articles in academic and professional journals and three previous books.
Iain Ryrie is Head of Research at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, King’s College London, where he is responsible for a portfolio of mental health services research. He is a qualified mental health nurse and has worked predominantly in acute care and substance use services. Since 1995 he has been appointed to academic posts within King’s College London to research and develop mental health practice among nurses and other professional groups. Iain has an extensive publication record including articles in academic and professional journals.
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The publisher's summary outlines the book's intentions:
"Mental health nursing is an art and a science; concerned with both the therapeutic relationship between nurse and client and the skills required for evidence-based practice. Nurses need to find ways of integrating both these elements to meet service users' demands and policy directives for mental health services...Pedagogy to support readers includes chapter overviews and summary points, questions for reflection, annotated bibliographies, and fascinating case studies and service users' views to illustrate everyday clinical situations."
The book is divided into five parts - Foundations, Interventions, Applications, Core Procedures and Future Directions. A key strength of this text is its integration of the recovery perspective, where the social consequences of becoming diagnosed as having a "mental health problem" or a "mental illness" is not seen as an obstacle to continuing to having a meaningful and fulfilling life.
The editors ground the text in current social policy and legal issues, as this is the real-world context of UK mental health nursing. The discussions of these issues are informative and provocative at times.Read more ›
It avoids the trap that other similiar works have fallen into (Phil Barker is a name that springs to mind) and incorporates differing viewpoints to great effect rather than trying to fit the whole corpus of Psychiatric thought into one square box and thereby affords a panoramic view of current thought and practice to the reader.
The book is divided thematically, starting with 'foundations' - which covers the history of MH nursing before moving on to more contempory concerns - and continues with 'interventions, 'applications,' 'core procedures,' and future directions.' This approach allows an opportunity to provide an overview of each subject without ever getting bogged down in too much detail.
In summary: this is an accessible volume perfect for MH nursing students (not to mention other interested parties) who want an introduction to the subject and a jumping off point for further study. It can suffice either as reference work to dip into as and when or be read cover-to-cover.
For students, the book has easy to understand breakdowns of quite complicated topics followed by more in depth analysis and discussion of the issues. Also packed full of useful references and citations, helpful at essay time.
As a professional continuing in my development the book has proved an excellent reference point for when I am posed with a difficult clinical situation, in finding coverage and discussion of a specific subject and helping me to understand the theoretical dimensions involved. I have often had to lend my copy out to colleagues completing AP or mentorship modules.
Mental health nursing is indeed an art and a science; this book reflects that state of being well, it made me proud to fulfill both aspects in my own work and I hope that many more students can experience the same.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived quickly and the item is exactly as described. Thank youPublished 1 month ago by Calley Howard
Very handy book for all mental health nursing students. Covers most issues in good detail with a consistent approach for each chapter.Published 7 months ago by Scottish Banana
The lecturer advised so I bought and it is all that it should bePublished 19 months ago by Lionel Beckford
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