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The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: A Textbook of Principles Paperback – 1 Jul 2004

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  • 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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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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This book makes a key contribution to understanding the nature and context of modern mental health nursing in the UK today. It also points to the future direction of nursing practice and mental health care and a possible change of boundaries between nursing and other disciplines. There is a sense of purpose and coherence here which should make it attractive to nursing students, their mentors, tutors, and anyone interested in what "mental health nursing" is about.
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.
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Speaking as a trained Mental Health Nurse and someone who qualified only last year I think I can state with some authority that where Students are concerned this is their Bible. MH nursing covers such a broad area that for one book to do it justice in one volume is extremely difficult but this book manages it successfully I believe.

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.
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As a mental health nursing student and in working as a professional I have found this book to be extremely useful. I would have to disagree with Mr. Duff as I have always found the book very easy to scan through and find relevant passages. To look at the book as a whole may seem intimidating (it is massive) but judged as the sum of it's parts it is an invaluable resource for students and professionals.
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.
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The main thing when buying books is that they are in the condition that you expect. It was actually better than expected and arrived within the deadline.
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