Placement Learning in Mental Health Nursing: A guide for students in practice, 1e Paperback – 4 Sep 2012
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It's actually a good book to carry around whilst you're on your placement, not just before hand. The appendices are useful - there is a jargon buster and a list of commonly used acronyms. Some jargon may seem obvious, it's still helpful to see it reworded. For example, "human rights" = "the freedom that all humans are entitled to".
There is no colour in this book - it's all black and white (grayscale). Despite this, there are clear headings and the book is well indexed.
For me, the most interesting chapter is #10, 'Working with people who hear voices or express unusual beliefs'. How do you deal with a patient who is convinced that the cracks in his walls are there for his neighbours to spy on him, and report back to the government.
The content is solid, and the book is written to help readers achieve competencies outlined by (UK) Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). It's worth buying your own copy as it's relatively inexpensive, and I imagine it will be a scarce resource at your library.
The Mental Health Nursing book is one of a series of "Placement Learning" books which have been written by nurses for nurses.
The book is divided into 3 sections:
1 - preparation for placement experiences
2 - practice based learning and placement learning opportunities
3 - reflecting on practice learning
Areas covered include:
- mental health services and nursing development and practice
- mental health practice learning
- broad skills for mental health nursing
- forming, maintaining and ending therapeutic relationships
- handling difficult situations
- turning challenges into opportunities
The information is interesting and accessible for most, if not all, reader - but I am a psychologist so this book would be of special interest to me.
The book could do with flow charts so that the student nurse can follow through the procedures, some graphs and some colour to break up the continuous monochrome. I realise that it is for pocket guide for use by students but a supporting CD-ROM for home study and backup for the text would have been a welcome bonus.
There is, however, one problem - the size of the print used is tiny, really tiny and could cause problems for anyone with less than perfect eyesight.
The book is divided into three sections
* Preparation for practice placement experience
* Practice-based learning and placement learning opportunities
* Reflecting on practice learning
Each section provides useful information, ideas for reflection, and student experiences.
The book also clearly reflects best current practice and values, and should reinforce the message that "It's not what you do; it's the way that you do it" about compassionate care hitting the news now (UK December 2012)
But it's also what you know. And this book should give a useful insight into the many aspects of the RMN role in different settings, together with some discussion of context.
An excellent introductory textbook, then, for the mental health nurse. And a helpful reminder for those already qualified or working in the field.
But the format may well be a problem. Very small. OK, portable, but readable? Difficult. Might make more sense on the kindle version.
OK it doesn't need recharging. It's a book. But you can't zoom in on small printing. Without thick glasses.
Great book, wrong format.
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