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Assessment and Care Planning in Mental Health Nursing

This book offers an informative resource for new students in the field of mental health nursing practice

This book offers an informative resource for new students in the field of mental health nursing practice.

There is a good introduction to the care planning process in section one, with a heavy emphasis on assessment, exploring communication skills and engaging the service user, noting how assessment guides the nursing process as a whole. In section two, the author delves deeper into planning in mental health care. Some practical and informative case studies are presented in section three.

The book does not focus on mental health nursing practice or the theory that should inform the care planning process. It also lacks critical analysis of mental health nursing practice and professional development.

The text would be useful to first, and possibly second-year, pre-registration students who want to progress their knowledge of care planning skills. It could also be helpful for healthcare staff involved in mental health care who want to improve their care planning skills.

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