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Issues in Mental Health Nursing

Carole R Myers
"Deaths of despair", deaths due to drugs, alcohol, and suicide, occur at higher rates in rural communities. The incidence of such deaths highlights underlying access and treatment disparities which result in poorer outcomes. Telehealth is a viable option for addressing rural mental healthcare needs as it enables more effective care management, provides expanded access to services, and fosters integrating primary and mental healthcare services. Implementing telemental health will involve overcoming coverage and reimbursement, licensure, broadband access and adequacy, and privacy and security barriers and advancing select policy changes...
December 3, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Kristina Eivergård, Ingela Enmarker, Mona Livholts, Lena Aléx, Ove Hellzén
Currently, women comprise about ten percent of those sentenced to psychiatric forensic clinics in Sweden. Those who are sentenced to forensic care because of offending and violent behaviour have already taken a step away from the usually expected female behaviour. On the other hand, there are many women in forensic care who have not committed crimes, but who instead self-harm. Studies have identified a gender bias in diagnosing and care in psychiatric settings, but there are few studies conducted on women in forensic care...
November 27, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Seyyed Abolfazl Vagharseyyedin, Bahare Zarei, Aliakbar Esmaeili, Mojtaba Gholami
This study aimed to investigate the effect of peer support group on subjective well-being (SWB) of wives of war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Selected participants were randomly assigned into intervention and control groups (n = 40 for each group). The intervention group was divided into four subgroups, with each participating in 8 weekly based 1.5 hr peer support group sessions. SWB and its dimensions in the intervention group increased significantly higher than those in the control group (p < 0...
November 19, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Michelle Marie White, Danielle K Walker, Lynnette L Howington, Dennis J Cheek
The treatment of mental illness is often done on a trial-and-error basis and achieving therapeutic benefits from a medication is not always guaranteed. Pharmacogenomics explores the role of gene-gene interactions and interindividual responses to a drug and may be promising in the guidance of pharmacotherapeutic options. In the present study, the impact of pharmacogenomic testing in management of mental health medication was investigated. Participants were identified at a local outpatient mental health facility through convenience sampling...
November 19, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Brenda Happell, Sarah Gordon, Julia Bocking, Pete Ellis, Cath Roper, Jackie Liggins, Chris Platania-Phung, Brett Scholz
Services users are becoming actively involved in mental health research. How this is perceived by other researchers is not well known. The aim of this article is to review the international literature exploring other mental health researchers' views of service users conducting research, between 1996 and 2016. Searches of multiple databases (PubMed, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and Google Scholar) were undertaken. Combinations of terms related to service user research and mental health researcher perspectives, views, and attitudes were used...
November 19, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Joel G Anderson, Elizabeth Hundt, Morgan Dean, Karen M Rose
Individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) often exhibit behavioral and psychological symptoms of distress that can contribute to the strain experienced by their family caregivers. This strain can increase levels of stress for family caregivers and reduce quality of life, which can have a negative impact on physical health and wellbeing for both the caregiver and the person with ADRD. This study used blogs written by family caregivers of persons with ADRD to explore self-care strategies practiced by these caregivers...
November 13, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Jennifer Graber
BACKGROUND: Mental health nurse educators use online education in an effort to offer students the ability to practice varying skills in a safe environment. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness and student satisfaction of live classroom versus online education in delivering therapeutic crisis management skills content to pre-licensure nursing students as measured by overall grade point average (GPA), test scores, class grade, and student satisfaction survey results...
November 9, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Hyun Jung Kim, Danuta M Wojnar
The aim of this qualitative study was to describe nursing students' experiences of hearing distressing voices through content analysis of essays regarding changes they encountered during simulation. Data, obtained from undergraduate (n = 237) and graduate (n = 128) students' short self-reflection papers, were analysed using a six-step thematic analysis. The following six themes emerged: (a) experiencing cognitive and perceptual challenges, (b) feeling unpleasant emotions, (c) dealing with functional changes and hardships, (d) experiencing somatic changes, (e) making attempts to cope, and (f) facing lingering impact...
November 9, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Amélia Simões-Figueiredo, Paulo Seabra, Alexandra Sarreira-Santos, Antónia Vollrath, Lurdes Medeiros-Garcia, Teresa Vidal, João Neves-Amado
BACKGROUND: In Portugal's capital, Lisbon, there are 19 public showers (PS) attended by a vulnerable population. AIM: To describe the assessment and interventions performed during nursing consultations. METHOD: This is a quantitative, observational, and cross-sectional study. FINDINGS: In a convenience sample of 77 users, 52% are females, 43% are single, 52% do not possess any economic resources, 87% have mental health issues, and 32% are homeless...
November 2, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Chizimuzo T C Okoli, Peggy El-Mallakh, Sarret Seng
People with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders (PWS) consume tobacco at high rates, resulting in disproportionate tobacco-related morbidity and mortality. Conventional tobacco treatment (TT) approaches may not adequately address unique affective, cognitive, and social challenges of PWS during cessation. This study sought to obtain provider and mental health consumer perspectives on effective, desirable, applicable, and acceptable components of TT for PWS. This convergent mixed-method study used structured interviews and a cross-sectional survey to obtain data...
November 2, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Marcie Parker
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November 1, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Deborah S Johnson
A significant challenge related to nurse practitioner (NP) training is the shortage of clinical sites with qualified faculty to precept NP interns. The problem is compounded in rural communities with provider shortages, restricting their opportunities to train (and potentially recruit) new APRNs. Consequently, these underserved communities have difficulty accessing specialty providers, such as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs). Combined with geographic distance from urban communities and generally lower pay, many rural and/or remote communities struggle with the disparity in contrast to more populated regions...
October 30, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Ulrika Hylén, Ingemar Engström, Karin Engström, Veikko Pelto-Piri, Agneta Anderzen-Carlsson
The aim was to describe the nursing staff and ward managers' experiences of safety and violence in everyday meetings with the patients. The qualitative content analyses resulted in four themes: the relationship with the patient is the basis of care; the organizational culture affects the care given; knowledge and competence are important for safe care; and the importance of balancing influence and coercion in care. The staff had a varied ability to meet patients in a respectful way. One way of creating a common approach could be to discuss and reflect upon different options in the meeting with the patient...
October 30, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Mafalda M Dias
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October 29, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Michelle Cleary, David Lees, Violeta Lopez
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October 29, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Natalie Govind
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October 23, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Deborah Awusuah Dadson, Francis Annor, Joana Salifu Yendork
This study investigated psychosocial experiences and coping strategies of caregivers of persons with mental illness in a psychiatric hospital in Ghana. The study adopted a qualitative design in which 20 participants (10 psychiatric nurses and 10 family caregivers) were sampled from the hospital and interviewed. Using thematic analysis, the results showed that stress was common with both psychiatric nurses and family caregivers, which impact on their physical health. Both groups of caregivers reported experiences of stigma, with psychiatric nurses being stigmatized mainly by other health workers whereas family caregivers reported stigma from the public, particularly neighbors...
October 22, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Brian E McCabe, Betty S Lai, Rosa M Gonzalez-Guarda, Nilda Peragallo Montano
Little is known about relationships between child maltreatment and adulthood intimate partner violence (IPV), depression, and risky drinking in Latinas. 548 Latinas in a sexual health randomized control trial (RCT) self-reported childhood physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, IPV, depression, and risky drinking. Childhood abuse was related to adulthood IPV, OR = 1.27, depression, OR = 2.02, and high-risk drinking, OR = 2.16. Childhood emotional abuse was linked to depression, OR = 2.19; childhood physical abuse to risky drinking, OR = 2...
October 22, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Bonnie Lashewicz, Nick Boettcher, Amanada Lo, Leah Shipton, Beth Parrott
Using media reports of high divorce rates among couples of children with ASD as a point of departure, our purpose in this paper is to examine how married fathers of children with ASD understand their marriages relative to the demands of ASD and in the context of media reports of elevated divorce rates among parents raising children with ASD. We begin with a review of select literature pertaining to the impact of ASD on marriages and we include a brief account of popular media portrayals of the influence of having a child with a developmental disability, and ASD in particular, on marriages...
October 22, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Brenda Happell, Chris Platania-Phung, Julia Bocking, Brett Scholz, Aine Horgan, Fionnuala Manning, Rory Doody, Elisabeth Hals, Arild Granerud, Mari Lahti, Jarmo Pullo, Heikki Ellilä, Vatula Annaliina, Kornelis Jan van der Vaart, Jerry Allon, Martha Griffin, Siobhan Russell, Liam MacGabhann, Einar Bjornsson, Pall Biering
The stigma associated with a diagnosis of mental illness is well known yet has not reduced significantly in recent years. Health professionals, including nurses, have been found to share similar negative attitudes towards people with labelled with mental illness as the general public. The low uptake of mental health nursing as a career option reflects these stigmatised views and is generally regarded as one of the least popular areas of in which to establish a nursing career. The aim of the current project was to examine nursing students' attitudes towards the concept of mental illness and mental health nursing across four European countries (Ireland, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands), and Australia, using the Opening Minds Scale and the Mental Health Nurse Education survey...
October 22, 2018: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
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