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Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing

Assessment and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing

October 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

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

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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