Mental Health

Taua, Christine and Neville, Christine ORCID: (2020) Mental Health. In: Fundamentals of Nursing Australia and New Zealand 2nd ed. Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne, Australia, pp. 510-524. ISBN 9780170411417


A holistic approach to nursing care ensures the integrity of the individual and that the control of health decisions is maintained for the care recipient. A cornerstone of the provision of holistic care is mental health. Nurses, in every practice context, are responsible for the mental health of the people they care for. This chapter will provide the basis for meeting this responsibility through exploration of what mental health means and your role in the provision of mental health care.

A contemporary approach to supporting mental health is the recovery model. How nursing works with this in recovery-oriented practice will be examined, as will the development of a therapeutic relationship, which is an invaluable skill for all nurses. How to conduct a thorough mental health assessment, common treatments used in mental health care, and the role of legislation and health promotion will also be considered. Finally, the contexts in which specialist mental health nurses practice will be introduced.

Learning Outcomes
1 Define mental health.
2 Understand the historical foundations of mental health care.
3 Understand the concept of recovery in mental health care, and know how to develop a therapeutic relationship.
4 Describe common mental disorders.
5 Describe the assessment of mental disorders.
6 Understand the treatment of mental health disorders.
7 Understand the importance of health promotion in mental health care.
8 Identify practice contexts for specialist mental health nurses.
9 Demonstrate an understanding of cultural safety in mental health nursing.

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Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 - )
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 - )
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 01:25
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 04:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health nursing; mental health assessment; mental health care; mental health treatment; mental disorders; holistic care; recovery-oriented practice; therapeutic relationship; cultural safety; legislation; health promotion
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420504 Mental health nursing

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