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Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing

Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing

September 2013 | 136 pages | Learning Matters
Assessment is an essential part of mental-health nursing and as such a core learning requirement for pre-registration nursing students. Getting assessment right is essential for the nursing student in order for them to become an effective practitioner. Many books on assessment are very theoretical. This is a practical, hands-on guide to the assessment process, underpinned by the latest evidence. The book explains the core principles through running case studies, so that readers can see how each decision they make impacts on the person in their care.

Key features:

  • Assessment principles are applied across a variety of modern nursing settings that you may find yourself working in as a registered nurse
  • Each chapter is linked to the relevant NMC standards and Essential Skills Clusters so you know you are meeting the professional requirements
  • Activities throughout help you to think critically and develop essential graduate skills.



Introduction to Assessment Principles
Engaging the Person
Types of Assessment
Challenges to Assessment
Principles of Decision Making
Outcomes of Assessment
Consequences of Assessment

Great summary of assessment within a nursing context, involving other appropriate literature and linked to NMC skills and outcomes

Mr Billy Ridler
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Robert Gordon University
April 12, 2016

I thought that this was a very useful book. This is because it is clear, concise and includes the use of vignettes.

Mr Dean Whybrow
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
October 8, 2015

This a core text for us in year two now.

Its concise and straight forward and the students find it easy to use and reference to support their own work.

Mr Simon Hall
Mental Health Nursing, University of The West of England
June 2, 2015

This is a very useful book for undergraduate mental health nurses. It combines theory with activities giving it a workbook feel, encouraging students to engage and / or work independently. The linking in of NMC requirements is especially important.

Mrs Berni Addyman
Nursing, Bradford University
March 4, 2015

A useful text for nursing students which relates clearly to the NMC outcomes.

Ms Zoe Cowie
HSC, Bournemouth University
March 2, 2015

key text to support our students to prepare them for their vivas on their use of assessments whilst on placement.

Mr Simon Hall
Mental Health Nursing, University of The West of England
February 18, 2015

This book is reasonably accessible for student nurses. Provides some concise information regarding assessment which is essential for anyone responsible for assessment.

Mrs Jayne Firestone
School of Health, University of Central Lancashire
January 26, 2015

This will be recommended as part of our Year 3 nursing module.

Library informed

Mr Brian Bell
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
October 13, 2014

This book is very useful for mental health undergraduate nursing students. I will recommend it to the students from the MH specialty who undertake my module. A strength, I think, are the case studies. A weakness, for me, is the focus on NMC Standards.

Ms Daniela Lehwaldt
School of Nursing, Dublin City Univ. (Dcu)
July 8, 2014

A useful resource, but one of a choice of books that the students have at present. I do mention this to students though as a prompt.

Mr Keith Ford
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
April 24, 2014

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Sandra Walker

Sandra Walker is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Mental Health at Southampton University, where she is also a doctorate student researching the patient experience of the mental health assessment in the Emergency Department. She is a Qualified Mental Health Nurse with a wide range of clinical experience spanning more than 20 years. In addition to her university work Sandra is a professional musician and does voluntary work for various mental health organisations, including being the coordinator for the Hampshire Human Library – an international initiative aimed at reducing stigmatisation through interaction and... More About Author

Diane Carpenter

Diane Carpenter has a clinical background in Mental Health Nursing with a particular emphasis on acute care. She has taught mental health nurses and other health and social care professionals in academic and clinical environments since 1986. Her academic interests are diverse. She has a first degree in Public Sector (Health) Studies, which was primarily focused on social science broadly and public policy more specifically, and an MSc in Evidence Based Health Care from the University of Oxford – the focus of this research was suicide assessment. Her doctorate from the University of Portsmouth is in medical and... More About Author

Yvonne Middlewick

Yvonne Middlewick has been a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton since 2006, where she teaches on pre- and post-registration courses. She is a dual registered nurse (Adult and Mental Health) and much of her clinical practice has involved working with older adults with complex health needs. A key aspect of this is being able to build relationships to enable staff to work effectively with patients and their carers in a collaborative, empowering way. Yvonne believes that, although you start developing the skills to work with people early in your education, it is a continual... More About Author