Psychiatric nursing or mental health nursing is the appointed position of a nurse that specialises in mental health and cares for people of all ages experiencing mental illnesses or distressthese include schizophrenia schizoaffective disorder mood disorders anxiety disorders personality disorders eating disorders suicidal thoughts psychosis paranoia and self harm. Mental health nursing also called psychiatric nursing is among the newest of the recognized fields within the nursing profession while cases of possession and witchcraft date back from the beginning of written record cases of nurses caring for the mentally ill only date back a few centuries. Psychiatric nursing is traced in this book from the role of keeper to mental health nurse the language of psychiatry includes lunacy workhouses asylums moral defection attendants and mental nursing through to the current emphasis on community mental health care the author observes the speed with which new ideas have been absorbed into clinical practice and the equal speed with which . Chapter 1 history of mental health nursing multiple choice identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question 1 the act of developing a clean environment is a factor in providing effective health care as demonstrated by a nightingale b benner c swanson d king 2 what is the name of the publication written by florence nightingale a nursing . The practice of mental health nursing has changed throughout history shaped by both the changes in medicine and by the aim to meet the practical needs of those identified as disordered the history of mental health nursing timeline has been developed by the rcn mental health forum and the rcn history of nursing society
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