Challenging Practice in Mental Health Nursing questions theories and practices which have become central in mental health care today.
The book is inspired by the growing concerns of both the public and professionals about accepted methods of practice and their effects on patients and clients. Liam Clarke argues that while many different theories and models exist their validity and effectiveness in caring for patients has yet to be proved.
- Rogerian and other counselling theories
- forensic psychiatry
- rational emotive therapy
This will be an essential and thought-provoking read for nurses and other mental health professionals who want to develop as critical practitioners.
Table of Contents
Preface, Acknowledgements, 1. Psychiatric nursing: illusion and reality, 2. The whole truth?, 3. Carl’s world, 4. Flowers in their mouths, 5. Nursing and postmodernity: a logical alliance?, 6. The socialisation of ideas in psychiatric nursing, 7. Ordinary miseries: extraordinary remedies, 8. Rational emotive therapy, 9. 1999: a nursing odyssey?, 10. The search for conclusions, References, Index
'In this fascinating selection of essays, Clarke rigorously examines the two stances adopted by modern mental health nursing - the humanistic and biomedical - and finds both wanting. His style is indignant yet thoughtful and entertaining ... Mental health nursing is placed in the broader nursing context. The author looks critically at where we are now and the pressures that led to the quest for the 'Holy Grail' of the professionalisation of nursing ... There is also enough wit and human detail to make this an entertaining, as well as useful read. -Nursing Times