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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

I really liked the simplicity of this book. I liked the use of case-studies and activities as it makes the book more interactive.

Mrs Dawn Davidson
Nursing, University of the Highlands And Islands
May 20, 2024

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
May 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

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