Placement Learning in Mental Health Nursing


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Section 1 Preparation for practice placement experience

1 Mental health services and nursing: development and practice

2 Introduction to the nature and impact of mental health problems

3 Principles of contemporary mental health practice

4 Mental health practice learning

5 The practicalities of mental health placements

Section 2 Practice-based learning and placement learning opportunities

6 Broad skills for mental health nursing

7 Forming, maintaining and ending therapeutic relationships

8 Collaborative approach to nursing: assessment and care planning

9 Working with people to make choices about their treatment

10 Working with people who hear voices or express unusual beliefs

11 Working with people who are anxious or low in mood

12 Assessing and managing risk

13 Handling difficult situations

14 Demonstrating leadership in a mental health setting

Section 3 Reflecting on practice learning

15 The service user experience

16 Turning challenges into opportunities in mental health placements

Appendix 1: Common acronyms used in mental health settings

Appendix 2: jargon buster

About the Author

Gemma has over 20 years of experience as a Mental Health Nurse and Academic. Her research and practice has focused on creating psychologically safe learning environments for staff and students.
Gemma has made a significant contribution to international evidence and policy informing nursing and midwifery education and research. This is recognised by her accreditation as Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Visiting Professor at The University of Derby. Gemma joined Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2020 to establish and lead the Academy. She is committed to expanding access to FNF leadership development for nurses and midwives at all stages of their careers. This is with the view to increasing the influence and presence of the nursing and midwifery voice in local, regional, national and international decision-making forums.

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