Issues in Mental Health Nursing (Issues Ment Health Nurs )

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


Issues in Mental Health Nursing is a refereed journal designed to expand psychiatric and mental health nursing knowledge. It deals with new, innovative approaches to client care, in-depth analysis of current issues, and empirical research. Because clinical research is the primary vehicle for the development of nursing science, the journal presents data-based articles on nursing care provision to clients of all ages in a variety of community and institutional settings. Additionally, the journal publishes theoretical papers and manuscripts addressing mental health promotion, public policy concerns, and educational preparation of mental health nurses. International contributions are welcomed.

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    Issues in mental health nursing, Mental health nursing, Comprehensive psychiatric nursing
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Problem-solving interventions are not routinely offered to persons with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSDs). Telephone calls and text messages are potential avenues to offer problem solving support. This study compared the effect of telephone calls only, text messages only, and both telephone calls and text messages on individuals’ symptoms and medication adherence. Thirty outpatient participants with SSDs were randomly assigned to weekly telephone calls, daily text messages, or both for three months. Participants received monthly in-home pill counts and symptom assessments. Repeated measures ANOVA was significant (F (4,26) = 4.2, p = 0.005) for symptom scores. Further work with larger, more diverse, samples is needed.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 01/2014; 35(5).
  • Issues in Mental Health Nursing 01/2014; 35(5).
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    ABSTRACT: The study aimed to analyze the clinical aspects of the treatment of crack cocaine and excessive alcohol users who were seen in a Psychosocial Care Center of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAPS AD) in Sobral, Ceará, during the years 2010 and 2011. This is an exploratory descriptive and documentary study, with a retrospective quantitative approach. The sample was composed of 567 medical records of drug users, from which 291 were crack cocaine users, and 276 were alcohol users. For data collection, a form was developed based on the Care Script Service, the data from which was then used to populate a database in an EPI INFO 7, a statistics software system. In both groups of users, males were predominant (85%, n = 482), and were between the ages of 20 and 29 years for crack users (50.9%, n = 148), and between 30 and 39 years for alcohol users (31.9%, n = 88). There were significant differences between crack cocaine users and alcohol users in liver disorders (p p p
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 01/2014; 35(5).
  • Issues in Mental Health Nursing 04/2012; 33:272–279.
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    ABSTRACT: Little is known about coping in women following an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). In midlife, women have worse outcomes than men following AMI. Innovative interventions need to be developed that respond to these women's unique recovery needs. In this correlational, descriptive study, 59 women aged 35-64 who had experienced AMI reported low satisfaction with life and decreased mental health; 49% were experiencing depression. However, they also reported that religion, family, and friends provided strength and comfort at the time of their AMI. Greater activation of simple, family-oriented, coping resources during recovery may be key. It is recommended that mental health nurses be essential members of the recovery planning team.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 27(2):141-59.
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    ABSTRACT: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been used to treat patients for 60 years. It is a humane and effective treatment. It is now firmly established as an important and effective method of treating certain severe forms of depression. Still, very little is known about its mode of action. Research in the refinement of administration has reduced undesirable side effects. There are almost no absolute contraindications to its administration. Nurses are involved directly with patients before, during, and after treatment.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 25(5):473-86.
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    ABSTRACT: Psychiatric nurses in inpatient settings play a critical role in the management of potentially violent patients. One of their primary objectives is to ensure the safety of patients and staff 24 hours a day. This requires skillful observation of patients' motor behavior, verbal clues, and change in mental status, which may indicate an increase in agitation or possible aggressive behavior. It requires experience in prevention strategies and skill in acute crisis intervention techniques. To effectively intervene with potentially violent patients, psychiatric nurses must be able to work well under stress and be able to organize and execute a plan of immediate action. After the acute stage of the patient's illness, nurses should focus their work on assisting patients to manage their own behavior and supporting their newly acquired skills.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 12(3):239-52.
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    ABSTRACT: This research program focuses on some of society's most profound problems: adolescent drug involvement, school failure, and suicide behaviors. The program goals address several interdisciplinary research challenges: (a) testing theory-driven preventive interventions focusing on the multifaceted etiology of adolescent drug involvement and suicide potential; (b) targeting potential school dropouts from a distinctly underserved high-risk population; and (c) integrating preventive interventions into school-based programs that utilize a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers. Three sets of studies are described; they illustrate how ethnographic, experimental, and causal modeling designs and methods were intricately woven in successive theory construction and testing steps. Ethnographic and etiologic studies revealed a profile of vulnerabilities in personal, peer, family, and school contexts. Instrumentation studies led to reliable and valid process and outcome measures of key constructs. Tests of the preventive intervention demonstrated its efficacy for decreasing school deviance, drug involvement, and suicide potential among high-risk youth.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 15(2):107-35.
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    ABSTRACT: As the trend in relocation to congregate housing continues, protecting the well-being of relocating elderly becomes a major concern. The relationships of perceived choice, predictability, perceived social support, cognitive appraisal, and coping strategies on relocation adjustment were examined through semistructured interviews with elders relocating to a congregate setting in New York state. Perceived choice in relocation, predictability, perceived social support from family and neighbors, and cognitive appraisal of the move as threat or challenge were found to correlate significantly with adjustment. The majority of subjects viewed the move to a congregate setting positively, predominantly as a challenge, and as different but not extremely difficult. This study provides increased research-based understanding of the factors influencing postrelocation adjustment and fuller understanding of the personal meaning of the relocation experience that may be used to aid the successful transition of an older person to a group residential setting.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 14(2):157-72.
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    ABSTRACT: This article presents a theoretical model derived by synthesizing research findings relevant to maternal perceived support, maternal attachment, infant well-being, and infant attachment. The model, depicting possible predictors that facilitate positive mother-infant relations as well as outcomes of the dyadic relationship, may be used to plan interventions to promote healthy mother-infant relationships. Implications for nursing practice are described.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 17(3):185-200.
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    ABSTRACT: Seclusion continues to be used as a last resort in many acute in-patient mental health facilities, hence, mental health nurses must consider a range of strategies to improve seclusion practice. This article reviews selected literature to glean relevant information to provide to patients regarding seclusion protocols, rationales, and aims. Some postseclusion debriefing, nurse education, and organizational monitoring issues are also briefly discussed. The provision of supplementary written patient information about seclusion processes has the potential to decrease patient anxiety and fear. This initiative involves collaboration with consumer consultants to creatively develop effective solutions to some long-standing patient-identified problems associated with the experience of seclusion.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 24(5):575-85.
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    ABSTRACT: Environmental factors related to physical assault by patients were examined to identify clinical implications warranting further investigation and to test methodology. The concepts of ward conditions (degree of patients' illness, numbers of patients and staff) and ward climate were the focus of the study. Participants were patients and nursing staff on two acute and four long-term psychiatric units in a large neuropsychiatric hospital. Patients and staff were asked to complete the Ward Atmosphere Scale to assess ward mood and climate. Each assault incident was identified from the daily nursing ward report. With each assault occurrence, the nurse manager was asked to complete a questionnaire about environmental conditions at the time of the assault. Most assaults occurred during meal times and afternoons. The most frequent locations were ward corridors and dayrooms. There appeared to be an inverse relationship between assault frequency and number of staff. Crowding rather than total number of patients per ward was suggested as a factor related to assault. Degree of patient acuity seemed to be inversely related to assault frequency. There were suggested trends between assault frequency and a low score on autonomy and a high score on staff control. Clinical implications, ideas for further research, and improved design measures are suggested. The challenge to understand and control this complex phenomenon remains a critical issue for inpatient nursing care.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 15(3):319-35.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between trait and state anxiety experienced during hospitalization for an acute myocardial infarction and self-care behaviors several weeks after the infarction. Sixty-two male (n = 39) and female (n = 23) subjects were interviewed during their hospital stay and again 3 months after discharge. State and trait anxiety were measured by the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory Test. Medication, exercise, smoking, diet, and stress management self-care were measured by Miller's Health Behavior Scale. The findings revealed low correlations between trait anxiety and exercise performance, medication administration, stress management, and smoking cessation behavior, and between state anxiety and smoking behavior. The findings were interpreted in light of the conceptual differences between state and trait anxiety, and suggest that mental health interventions during hospitalization should emphasize teaching patients to manage their own anxiety instead of directly intervening to reduce current levels of anxiety among this population.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 15(4):433-44.
  • Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 23(7):675-6.
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    ABSTRACT: As many as 20% of children between the ages of 0 and 18 meet the criteria for one or more mental disorders at some point in their lives, with about one half of these being described as being seriously disturbed. Only about one-third of these children and adolescents receive help from the mental health system. Negative outcome expectations toward the mental health system can prevent use of services. This study examined rural parents' expectations about outcomes related to mental health treatment, the provider-client-parent relationships, social and cultural factors, and accessibility to mental health services. The parents' knowledge of the prevalence of mental health disorders in children and adolescents was also examined. Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory served as the conceptual framework for this study. Stigma toward the use of the mental health system was evident. More than half the parents were concerned that mental health professionals would not care for their child. Although negative relationship outcome expectations were revealed, positive treatment outcome expectations also emerged. Structural outcome expectations were not shown to be a major deterrent in receiving care. The belief and hope is that positive outcome expectations toward the mental health system will encourage use of services.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 23(3):291-304.
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    ABSTRACT: This descriptive study examined the relationships of nurses' critical thinking ability and perceived patient self-disclosure to accuracy in nursing assessment of depression in older medical patients. The sample consisted of 120 female nurse-patient dyads. Critical thinking ability was measured by the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal. Accuracy in nursing assessment was measured by deviations between the patient's SDS observed score and the patient's SDS predicted score. The patient's predicted score was based on the relationship between the Depression Status Inventory and Self-Rating Depression Scale. Perceived patient self-disclosure was measured by a 3-point system on patients' disclosure of information on symptoms of depression. A Pearson product-moment correlation and multiple regression analysis were used to analyze the data. The result showed that nurses' education was not significantly related to accuracy in assessment but related to critical thinking ability (r = .26; p = .004). Nurses' critical thinking ability was significantly related to accuracy in nursing assessment depression (r = -.24; p = .008). Perceived patients self-disclosure was not significantly related to accuracy in nursing assessment of depression.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 17(2):111-22.
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    ABSTRACT: An analysis of the concept empathy was performed on archival, narrative accounts of Civil War nursing care using concept analysis strategies. Archival model cases are presented with elucidation of critical attributes, antecedents and consequences, and empirical referents of the concept. The antecedent phenomena of patient cues and consequent phenomena of patient responses serve to clarify instances of nurse empathy and establish preliminary and terminal boundaries of the concept. Empirical referents of the critical attributes identification, introjection, and intervention further explicate this abstract construct. Analysis of contrary, related, and borderline cases extracted from the historical accounts serve to clarify empathy. Most notable to the analysis is the existence of nursing interventions as a critical attribute and the nature of patient responses. Preliminary examination of the model cases indicates patient outcomes improve when empathy is extant in the interaction.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 16(6):555-66.
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    ABSTRACT: It is important that we identify factors that could lead to interventions to slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease. One potentially modifiable factor in Alzheimer's disease is disturbed sleep. The effect of disturbed sleep on cognition is of profound importance in people with Alzheimer's disease because disturbed sleep may worsen memory complaints. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to provide an updated review of literature that describes the impact of disturbed sleep on cognition in healthy populations and discuss the implications that this relationship has for people with Alzheimer's disease and their formal and informal caregivers.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 26(7):687-98.

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