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Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing

Wednesday, 06 December 2023

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Editors: Patrick Callaghan, Helen Waldock

Those of us working in the field of mental health, particularly those embarking on a career in mental health nursing, can often be bamboozled and flummoxed by the sometimes, complex terminology that is frequently used in mental health.

The Oxford Handbook of Mental Health Nursing is jam-packed with a massive array of descriptions of various skills, interventions and guidelines relating to a wide range of mental health related issues that goes a long way to rectifying this potential problem.

Not only does it provide a guide for a range of interventions used in mental health nursing but it also furnishes the reader with a clear and concise guide to a variety of agencies, both statutory and voluntary, relating to mental health care and management, which all mental health nurses should be aware of.

Along with this it sets out the essentials of research skills in a straightforward, jargon-free manner, which helps to alleviate some of the anxieties that many mental health nurses may experience when broaching this topic.

It’s limitations lie in its inability to describe interventions in a more comprehensive manner (which, if done, would of course reduce it’s appeal as a handbook).

It could not be described as a ‘How To’ guide but rather a ‘What is’ guide to mental health nursing. Nevertheless, in many instances, this has been compensated for by the excellent referencing style which guides the reader to various other articles and relevant websites - should the reader decide to further their knowledge on any given subject.

A further aspect of this book's appeal is that it has predominantly been written by mental health nurses for mental health nurses as opposed to theorists or academics who can sometimes loose touch with the reality of caring for individuals with mental health problems if not directly working in the clinical setting.


ISBN-10: 0198568983
ISBN-13: 978-0198568983


Oxford University Press; 1st edition (31 August 2006)


496 pages


Scott Kane RMN, MSc CBT
Nurse Consultant, Liaison Psychiatry

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