Mental Health Nursing
News and practice for mental health nurses
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The risks of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia are well known. A review by pharmacists with care home staff led to the drugs being reduced or discontinued
A zero tolerance approach to violence and aggression has been widely adopted in healthcare but health professionals must be flexible in how they tackle such situations
Anxiety and depression
Occipital nerve injections to treat occipital neuralgia are often administered by doctors, but a nurse-led clinic proved to be more favourable with patients.
Staff may lack confidence in assessing suicide risk. Introducing reflective peer review can improve skills and confidence, maximising opportunities to prevent suicide
Challenges of attending accident and emergency units with patients presenting with minor injuries caused by self-harm were overcome via a nurse-led care pathway.
Child and adolescent mental health
Young people who adopt the “goth” subculture might be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, according to UK researchers.
Ishbel Straker has seen substance misuse nursing change during her career and believes services are undervaluing nurses and stunting their professional growth
Behind the Headlines
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Learning disability nursing? What’s that about? Well, that’s not real nursing is it? Oh you mean mental health? No.
Resources from SCIE
Research indicates that there are eight main factors that promote dignity in care. Each of these contributes to a person’s sense of self respect, and they should all be present in care.