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Introducing Mental Health Nursing


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Figures and tables Acknowledgements Preface PART I BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT FOR MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 1. Introduction 2. Conceptual frameworks guiding mental health nursing 3. Recovery 4. Mental health practice settings 5. Legal, ethical and professional issues in mental health nursing PART II DEFINING AND UNDERSTANDING MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS 6. Diagnosing mental illness 7. Symptomatology in mental health 8. Sociological understandings of mental health and Indigenous social and emotional well-being PART III TREATING MENTAL ILLNESS 9. Physical treatments in mental health care 10. Treatments in mental health: complementary and other therapies PART IV MENTAL HEALTH NURSING ROLES AND PRACTICE 11. Mental health and illness assessment 12. Nursing care in mental health 13. Treatments in mental health: psychotherapy 14. Cultural safety 15. A safe environment 16. Mental health issues across the health care sector Index

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Dr Brenda Happell is Professor (Engaged Research Chair) of Mental Health Nursing, Director of the Institute for Health & Social Science Research, and Director of the Centre for Mental Health Nursing Innovation at Central Queensland University. She is the Editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing and Associate Editor of Issues in Mental Health Nursing. Dr Leanne Cowin is Head of Program for the Master of Nursing course in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney. Cath Roper is a Consumer Academic at the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Melbourne. Dr Richard Lakeman is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health & Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. Dr Leonie Cox is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology.


'This is a brave and dignified text - beautifully written and conceived and given the current texts available - a must for any serious undergraduate nursing program in an Australian university.' - David Buchanan, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. 'I recommend this text to all students of nursing, whether you intend to pursue a career in this speciality or if you simply desire to provide the best care possible in any field of practice.' - Associate Professor Stephen Elsom RN PhD, Director, Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, The University of Melbourne

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