Community Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing: Contexts and Challenges: The Case of Nurse Prescribing and Recovery-Focused Interventions

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the role of mental health nurses who work in the community settings. The chapter looks back at the stated and implicit aims of mental health services and what has driven the changes that have taken place across Europe in the last 50 years, going from a heavy reliance on institutionally based services to varying degrees of community based care. The role of nurses within these changes is explored, using mental health nursing in England as a case study, particularly the growth of the ‘advanced’ nurse prescribing role within it. Nurse Prescribing has increasingly been adopted by countries across Europe. It is perceived by some as allowing nurses to relate with a more holistic, recovery and service user focus, conversely by others as replicating undesirable medically defined models of care. It is argued that all changes in mental health services are perceived through multiple perspectives, dependent on philosophy, profession and
personal circumstance. The development of MHNs as prescribers of medication is an example where different perspectives are starkly brought into focus. The emerging evidence is reviewed and tentative conclusions made.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing in the 21st Century
EditorsJosé Carlos Santos, John R. Cutcliffe
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages183-194
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319317724
ISBN (Print)9783319317717
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2018

Publication series

NamePrinciples of Speciality Nursing
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2366-875X

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