The Mental Health Nurse

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The mental health nurse, functions, and phenomena of concern

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The Mental Health Nurse

  1. 1. The Mental Health NurseERIC F PAZZIUAGAN, RN, MAN, DScN Units
  2. 2. Areas of Practice
  3. 3. Basic-level Functions Counselling  Interventions and communication techniques  Problem-solving  Crisis interventions  Stress management  Behavior modification
  4. 4.  Milieu Therapy  Maintain therapeutic environment  Teach skills  Encourage communication between clients and others  Promote growth through role modelling
  5. 5.  Self-care activities  independence  Increase self-esteem  Improve function and health Psychobiologic Interventions  Administer medications  Teach  Observe
  6. 6.  Health teaching Case management Health promotion and maintenance
  7. 7. Advance level functions Psychotherapy Prescriptive authority Consultation and liaison Evaluation Program development and management Clinical supervision
  8. 8. Psychiatric- Mental Health Nursing Phenomena of Concern
  9. 9.  Promotion of optimal mental and physical well-being and prevention of mental illness. Impaired ability to function related to psychiatric, emotional, and physiological distress. Alterations in thinking, perceiving and communicating due to psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. Behaviors and mental states that indicate potential danger to self and others
  10. 10.  Emotional stress related to illness, pain, disability, and loss Symptom management, side effects, or toxiciness associated with self- administered drugs, psychopharmacological interventions, and other treatment modalities The barriers to treatment efficacy and recovery posed by alcohol and substance abuse and dependence Self-concept and body image changes, developmental, life process
  11. 11.  Physical symptoms that occur along with altered psychological status Psychological symptoms that occur along with altered physiological status Interpersonal, organizational, sociocultural, spiritual or environmental circumstances or events that have an effect on the mental and emotional well-being of the family or community Elements of recovery, including ability to maintain housing, employment, and social support, that helps individuals re-engage in seeking meaningful lives. Societal factors such as violence, poverty, and substance abuse.

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