Thursday September 18th 2014

Completely revised Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Scope and Standards keeps pace with change

Co-published by ANA with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, an organizational affiliate of ANA, and International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses

Mental health care is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. Nurses in every care setting are increasingly called upon to understand and implement evidence-based, cutting-edge practice for patients who present with mental health issues. The brand-new edition of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice gives all nurses what they need to know about key topics in current nursing practice in psychiatric-mental health care and is designed as a resource for practicing RNs and other professionals.

ANA\California member Kris A. McLoughlin, DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CADC-II, who co-chaired the task force on behalf of APNA, said, “It was important to the task force to ensure that the Scope and Standards continues as an indispensable resource to guide psychiatric-mental health nurses and provides the public with a comprehensive picture of the broad range of skills and capabilities encompassed by our profession.”

The second edition is the definitive book covering the essentials of psychiatric-mental health nursing in all practice levels and settings. It articulates what is expected of all psychiatric-mental health nurses, specifying the “who, what, where, when, why and how” of their practice. It presents the underlying assumptions and characteristics, addresses matters of environments and settings as well as education and training requirements, and covers key issues and trends and the ethical and conceptual basis of the specialty. Moreover, it specifies the competencies for nursing practice and professional performance of all psychiatric-mental health RNs.

This new edition also features a public health model of mental health care that is person-centered, recovery-oriented and grounded in prevention, reflecting a paradigm shift in this care arena. Psychiatric-mental health nurses don’t just provide care and treatment: They partner with patients and their families to assist in their individual recovery goals. These nurses are uniquely qualified for leadership in the ongoing transformation of mental health care; this book is about, by and for them.

“This quintessential guide on psychiatric-mental health care is a must for every psychiatric-mental health nurse, with an expanded focus on early intervention, integrated care, rehabilitation and recovery,” said ISPN Board President Sara
Horton-Deutsch, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, RN, ANEF, a Colorado Nurses Association member.

While this book is primarily for practicing psychiatric-mental health nurses, it is also an important resource for nursing faculty and students, other health care providers, researchers and scholars, and anyone involved in funding, legal, policymaking and regulatory activities around psychiatric-mental health care.

The revised Scope and Standards will help you ensure that your patients receive the most advanced, up-to-date care.

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Go to and order your copy of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.

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