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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Mental Health o It takes so much more skill to understand the human mind and emotions than it does to give a shot. - Funderburk, 2001 o Common Stereotypes the mentally ill are labeled as crazy and dangerous; some believe that they cant do anything for themselves, or that they cause the illness themselves o Stigma bad choices they may have made, their home environment, plus or minus certain genes causing mental disorder o Psych patients sometimes feel like they are being discriminated against o Lack or parity very little money is spent to help those with mental illness o As a mental health nurse, we should explore our fears, feelings, and prejudices o Health state of complete physical, mental, and social well being. It is not only the absence of disease or infirmity, but also a sense of satisfaction with and enjoyment of self and the environment o Mental Health successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships, and the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity. It is a positive state in which one is responsible, displays self-awareness, is self-directive, is reasonably worry free, and can cope with usual daily tensions o Mental disorders health conditions marked by alterations in thinking, mood or behavior that cause distress, impair ability to function, or both o Mental illness clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome experienced by a person and marked by distress, disability, or the risk of suffering disability, or loss of freedom o Each year, 20% of the population is diagnosed with a mental disorder or illness, and about 15% are dually diagnosed (mental illness plus some other disorder, such as substance abuse) o Psychiatric-mental health nursing uses the study of human behavior as its science and purposeful use of self as its art. o Psychiatric nursing is the care and rehabilitation of peole with identifiable mental illness or disorders o John Hopkins was the first school of nursing to include a course in psychiatric nursing in its curriculum. o Harriet Bailey wrote the first psychiatric nursing textbook, Nursing in Mental Diseases o Hildegarde Peplau developed a conceptual framework for psychiatric nursing practice, focused on nurse-patient relationships Roles of Mental Health Nurse o Serve as a member of interdisciplinary team, providing specialized nursing knowledge (has understanding of medical issues that impact the mentally ill) o Promote, maintain, restore, and rehabilitate individuals, family, and community o Patient advocate, educator, and case manager Common Tasks of the Mental Health Nurse...
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- Spring '08