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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

Easy to read and offers a basic overview of concepts surrounding Assessment & decision making. I would recommend this to students as a good starting point on the topic.

Mr Gareth Bell
School of Health and Postgrad Medicine, University of Central Lancashire
March 24, 2014

I found that this text book combined all the elements I needed for my students. The layout of the book was excellent

Ms Aine McHugh
School of Applied Social Science, University College Dublin
March 20, 2014

A very good, concise book with essential information on assessment. I will be recommending it to my undergraduate students

Mr John Hyde
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
December 20, 2013

I have passed this book to several Mental Health Lecturer colleagues as some of the scenarios provide a great forum for discussion. The chapter on challenges to assessment got the students engaged in great debate where they shared some very interesting practice examples in order to relate theory to practice.

Mrs Jackie Robertson
School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University
October 29, 2013

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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