Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing,
Edition 7 A Clinical Approach
By Elizabeth M. Varcarolis, RN, MA and Margaret Jordan Halter, PhD, PMHCNS

Publication Date: 13 Jun 2012
Awaiting publication
Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Clinical Approach offers you a clear, straightforward way to understand the often intimidating subject of psychiatric nursing from a practical clinical perspective. A user-friendly writing style engages you in a learning process that both informs and enlightens. Clinical chapters are consistently, logically organized from theory to application. The nursing process is a strong, visible framework throughout.

In the new 7th edition, the primary focus of the revision will be on incorporating an illness prevention approach to psychiatric disorders and an increased focus on genetics and genomics, highlighting research in this area conducted by the NINR (National Institute of Nursing Research).

Key Features

  • UNIQUE! A conversational, user-friendly writing style helps you quickly grasp complex psychiatric mental health nursing concepts.
  • Clinical chapters are logically and consistently organized with sections on the clinical picture, epidemiology, comorbidity, etiology, and application of the nursing process.
  • Clinical chapters follow the nursing process, providing you with consistent guidelines for comprehensive assessment and intervention.
  • Vignettes prepare you for real-world practice with personal, descriptive characterizations of patients with specific psychiatric disorders.
  • Coverage of psychopharmacology in clinical chapters familiarizes you with specific drug treatment options, including the most commonly used drugs and important nursing considerations for their use.
  • Assessment Guidelines boxes list essential guidelines for comprehensive patient assessment.
  • Case Studies with Nursing Care Plans present individualized histories of patients with specific psychiatric disorders and include interventions with rationales and evaluation statements for each patient goal.
  • A separate chapter on cultural implications, as well as Considering Culture boxes throughout the text, provides essential information on culture, worldviews, and techniques for providing culturally competent care.
  • Coverage of treatment and recovery in the community addresses the need for successful ongoing psychiatric mental health nursing care in the community setting.
  • A chapter on end-of-life care examines the psychological impact of terminal illness and death on patients, families, and nurses.

New Features

    New content on integrative care –this content will cover patient centered medical homes, integrated care clinics and the role of advanced practice nurses in psychiatric care

    *Relevant QSEN competencies will be introduced in Chapter One, Mental Health and Mental Illness, and will be integrated throughout the text. A common sense, and how it applies to practice, approach will be used to highlight the competencies relevant to psych nursing care such as safety, communication, evidence based practice and others.

    * Include more content and discussion on genetics as the basis for psychological disorders. Will consider a new chapter or add this content to Chapter 3, Biological Basis for Understanding Psychotropic Drugs

    *Enhance content on the health promotion and prevention of illness in pediatric patients

    *The author has secured a knowledgeable, expert contributor to develop meaningful, concept maps for the clinical chapters and we will work to revise our current concept map creator on Evolve to be more state of the art

    *Integrate the DSM-V to the extent that we know prior to publication to make our text as current as possible. DSM-V content is to be released in Spring 2013 while our text is in production. All relevant and updated NANDA content will be included as well

    * The number of photos and illustrations will be increased to add to the appeal of the text (per reviewer comments). One example is to include normal brain images in the clinical chapters that are also accompanied by an image demonstrating clinical pathology (eg: schizophrenia)

About the author
By Elizabeth M. Varcarolis, RN, MA, Professor Emeritus, Formerly Deputy Chairperson, Department of Nursing, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY; Associate Fellow, Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), New York, NY and Margaret Jordan Halter, PhD, PMHCNS, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Akron, Akron, OH
Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Mental Health and Mental Illness

Chapter 2 Relevant Theories and Therapies for Nursing Practice

Chapter 3 Biological Basis for Understanding Psychotropic Drugs


Chapter 4 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in Acute Care Settings

Chapter 5 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in Community Settings

Chapter 6 Cultural Implications for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 7 Legal and Ethical Guidelines for Safe Practice


Chapter 8 The Nursing Process and Standards of Care for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 9 Therapeutic Relationships

Chapter 10 Communication and the Clinical Interview

Chapter 11 Understanding Responses to Stress


Chapter 12 Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

Chapter 13 Depressive Disorders

Chapter 14 Bipolar Disorders

Chapter 15 Schizophrenia

Chapter 16 Eating Disorders

Chapter 17 Cognitive Disorders

Chapter 18 Addictive Disorders

Chapter 19 Personality Disorders

Chapter 20 Sleep Disorders

Chapter 21 Sexual Dysfunction and Sexual Disorders

Chapter 22 Somatoform, Factitious, and Dissociative Disorders


Chapter 23 Crisis and Disaster

Chapter 24 Suicide

Chapter 25 Anger, Aggression, and Violence

Chapter 26 Child, Older Adult, and Intimate Partner Abuse

Chapter 27 Sexual Assault


Chapter 28 Disorders of Children and Adolescents

Chapter 29 Psychosocial Needs of the Older Adult

Chapter 30 Serious Mental Illness

Chapter 31 Psychological Needs of Patients with Medical Conditions

Chapter 32 Care for the Dying and for Those Who Grieve

Chapter 33 Forensic Psychiatric Nursing


Chapter 34 Therapeutic Groups

Chapter 35 Family Interventions

Chapter 36 Integrative Care


A DSM-IV-TR Classification

B Historic Synopsis of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

C NANDA-I-Approved Nursing Diagnoses

D Answers to Chapter Review Questions



Book details
ISBN: 9781455728862
Page Count: 864
Illustrations : Approx. 118 illustrations (118 in full color)
Retail Price : £