This book will help to identify the skills and resources that students already have and show how these can be developed into the essential skills needed for nursing in the mental health practice environment. Essential Mental Health Nursing Skills draws on the policy and theory underpinning mental health nursing but focusses on the practical aspects, providing an easily understandable guide to what to do and how to do it. It also provides a practical framework that can be applied in any setting. Examples are given to show how skills can be applied across the diversity of modern mental health nursing. Essential Mental Health Nursing Skills is also designed to be taken into the practice environment so that it can easily be referred to it when learning a skill.
identifies the skills essential for the mental health nurse
provides an easy to understand guide to 'what to do and how to do it'
draws on the policy and theory but concentrates on the essential skills and their application in practice
shows how the skills can be applied across mental health nursing
designed to be taken into the practice environment to refer to when learning a skill
examples from practice are included to help illustrate the material
1 Introduction SECTION 1 ESSENTIAL SKILLS 2 Therapeutic relationships 3 Observation 4 Taking on different roles 5 Reflection SECTION 2 THE PROCESS OF CARE 6 Communication 7 Assessment 8 Care delivery and interventions 9 Improving physical wellbeing 10 Managing care APPENDIX: CLINICAL OBSERVATION SKILLS