Nursing: Caring for Patients with Mental Health Issues, 2nd Edition

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About the Course

Nurses must be prepared to support patients’ mental health care needs. This course discusses the skills required by non-psychiatric nurses when caring for patients with psychiatric and mental health issues in general healthcare settings.  The course presents information about which mental health conditions to expect and that may be encountered and possible nursing interventions that can help patients cope with their unique situations.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the communication process, interpersonal skills required in patient care, and strategies used to identify and assess mental health problems.
  • Recognize the signs, symptoms, and appropriate nursing care for patients with anxiety, mood disorders, suicidal ideation, psychosis, substance-related disorders, eating disorders, and confusion.
  • Identify patients who are potentially aggressive and nursing interventions to prevent workplace violence.
  • Discuss the major risk factors for nonadherent and interventions to increase compliance.
  • Recognize manipulative behaviors by patients and effective interventions.
  • Describe the various types of sleep-wake disorders and their management.
  • Recognize common psychological responses to specific chronic illnesses and their treatment.
  • Recognize common psychological responses to different types of sensory or bodily loss.
  • Recognize common psychological issues related to child and elder abuse.
  • Recognize the nurse’s role in helping patients who face challenges related to death and dying.
  • Discuss the classifications, use, and appropriate administration of psychotropic medications.
  • Recognize ethical and legal concerns in the practice of nursing when dealing with individuals who have psychiatric/mental health or psychosocial problems.

About the Authors:

Karen S. Ward, PhD, MSN, RN, COI, received her BSN and MSN degrees in psychiatric-mental health nursing from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in developmental psychology from Cornell University. She is a professor at the Middle Tennessee State University, School of Nursing, where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Ward’s work has been published in journals including: Nurse Educator, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Emotional Abuse, and Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America. She has presented her work at local, regional, and international conferences. Her research interests include child and adolescent maltreatment, mental health, and wellness issues (stress and depression), leadership variables, and survivorship.

Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT, received an MSN in holistic nursing from Tennessee State University, School of Nursing and a PhD in health psychology, with a focus in psychoneuroimmunology, from Walden University. She has expertise in public health, psychiatric nursing, wellness, and disease prevention. In addition to being a researcher, Dr. Wilson has been editor of the International Journal of Childbirth Education since 2011 and has more than 100 publications with specialties in holistic nursing, psychoneuroimmunology, and grief counseling.  Dr. Wilson has a private practice as a holistic nurse and is an internationally known speaker on stress and self-care.  She was named the 2017-2018 American Holistic Nurse of the Year. She is on faculty at both Austin Peay State University School of Nursing and Walden University.

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