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
A large-scale meta-analysis of studies of psychological treatment approaches for adults with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder shows some perform better than waiting list/usual care
Staff may lack confidence in assessing suicide risk. Introducing reflective peer review can improve skills and confidence, maximising opportunities to prevent suicide
Health professionals need to be aware of emerging novel psychoactive substances as their use is increasing, particularly among younger people
Child and adolescent mental health
A pilot project is training health professionals to recognise continence problems in children during routine appointments, to ensure they receive early intervention.
How many of us practice care with the assumption that our level of compassion meets the needs of the patient?
Do we ever compare previous patient experience, rather than base our care on the ‘facts’ in front of us? Have there been times when assumptions have been made, conclusions drawn, and the situation in fact made worse?
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Giving our children and young people the best start in life is vital for individuals, families and, ultimately, society.
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.