Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Nursing

by TP Prema, KF Graicy

Everyone in the medical and paramedical field, knows about the clear relationship between neuro-science and behavioral science. Since the authors work in NIMHANS, the premier institute, which stands as the model for this relationship, they have the right to compile few chapters on psychiatric nursing. This book Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Nursing is divided into 29 chapters and these 29 chapters are grouped into 6 units. The first unit briefs review of psychiatric nursing, concepts of mental health, mental illness, principles of psychiatric nursing and all aspects of history taking in psychiatric nursing. Second unit consists of 5 chapters and describes the causes, classification and few modalities used to modify the maladaptive behaviors, different techniques of communication and therapeutic interpersonal relationship. Third unit discusses about the nurses’ responsibilities while nursing the individuals with behavioral problems. It includes psychotic conditions, neurotic conditions, mental retardation, organic mental disorders and childhood disorders. Fourth unit has 4 chapters. It includes the admission-discharge procedures, legal responsibilities of nurses, the difference between Indian Lunacy Act (1912) and Mental Health Act (1987). It also gives the importance of records and reports in psychiatric nursing. Fifth unit describes the nurses’ responsibilities in emergency care of individuals with maladaptive behaviors and nurses’ role in rehabilitating them. Pharmacotherapy has an important role in the field of psychiatry. This unit talks about the nurses’ role while nursing these individuals when they are on medications. The nurses should have knowledge about the names of drugs, dosages, routes of administration, indications and contraindications, etc. They also should have knowledge about the side effects and their immediate treatment. So these chapters give the information about the drugs used for these patients. Sixth and last unit gives the common nursing problems found in psychiatric wards and their interventions. This era is the era of community nursing. The psychiatry also heading towards the community to get the resources available to prevent, treat and rehabilitate the psychiatric patients. A glossary is enclosed at the end of this book.

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Book Detail

Author Author's Affiliation
1. Prema TP
Sanjay Gandhi College of Nursing, Sgah and ri (Sanjay Gandhi Accident Hospital and Research Institute), Jaya Nagar East, Bangalore
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
New Jersey, USA
2. Graicy KF NIMHANS, Bangalore
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
Shyamala Reddy College of Nursing, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
ISBN 9788180616143
Speciality Psychiatric (Mental Health) Nursing
DOI 10.5005/jp/books/11081
Edition 1/e
Publishing Year 2006
Pages 416
Book Type Reference


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