’A guide suitable for all professional academic students and qualified professionals such as nurses’
Title: The Nurses Guide To Mental Health Medicines
Author: Liz Holland
Reviewer: Louise Terrell, staff nurse, Basildon University Hospital
What was it like?
Mental health illnesses effect 1 in 4 people living in the UK. There is a vast stigma within society around the topic, that poorly portrays the illness and has influenced the beliefs of individuals. This book not only educates the reader, but also broadens knowledge within the aspect of the truth around the illness. The factual book consists of frequently used medications in mental health treatment. Furthermore, the book facilitates upon supporting individuals during the medication stages. The message portrayed throughout the book, is to engage individuals in thinking about mental health and the medications used. The book is an essential tool, that shares knowledge from one nurse to another. The book should be accessible to all health professions wanting to refresh or enhance upon their knowledge in pharmacology. It is a quick go to guide that encourages the reader to speak openly around mental health.
What were the highlights?
Highlights of the book consisted of experiences in the format of case studies from clinical mental health nurses. I think personal and real experiences brings the book to life. A joy to read was the 12 myths and truths around psychotropic medications. Also providing information for further education, which includes references and a reading list at the end of each chapter is beneficial to the reader. Alongside the patient factsheet that is written by patients.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Evidence based best practice and research is highlighted throughout. A book that is clear with simple language used. Additional feature, of highlighted words that the reader can refer to the meaning in the glossary section. Another strength of the book is access to a tool that is provided, which can benefit the health professional and patient in working together with the antidepressant checklist. The front cover of the book is colorful and creative. If this was facilitated throughout it would also engage visual academic learners.
Who should read it?
A guide suitable for all professional academic students and qualified professionals such as nurses. Furthermore, can be a good resource for patients and patient’s families in understanding and educating about side effects with certain medications. I think from a nurse perspective further education with families and patients is required. Especially in regards to respiratory depression with certain medications. Noticing the signs, will lead to greater outcomes in patients care.