Pocket Guide to Townsend's Psychiatric Nursing

Pocket Guide to Townsend's Psychiatric Nursing
12th Ed.
2024 © F. A. Davis Company
Karyn I. Morgan RN, MSN, APRN, CNS
ISBN-13: 978-1-7196-4850-9
eISBN-13: 978-1-7196-5046-5
Nursing, Diagnosis, Psychiatry



  •       1. Practical diagnoses to create a care plan
  •       2. Up-to-date coverage of the latest psychotropic medications

Here’s the most complete and easy-to-use resource on how to develop practical, individualized plans of care for psychiatric-mental health patients. It’s the perfect quick reference for clinical rotations now and for practicing nurses later.

This quick reference Pocket Guide is two books in one! The first half provides the diagnostic information needed to create a care plan; the second half covers the safe prescription and administration of psychotropic medications. Concepts can be applied in a variety of healthcare settings…from in-patient hospitalization through the outpatient clinic…to home health and private practice.

Key Features:

  • • Communication interventions in the care plans reinforce the emphasis on therapeutic communication.
  • • Clinical Pearl boxes highlight must-know information and interventions for diagnoses.
  • • Helpful rating scales included in appendices—Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale, and Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale.
  • • Index of Client Behaviors with page numbers listed on inside covers.
  • • Concept Mapping and the use of Concept Care Map Plans introduced in Chapter 1.
  • • Organized by DSM-V-TR and NANDA diagnoses.
  • • Nursing diagnoses and interventions include the definition, possible etiologies ("Related to ..."), defining characteristics ("Evidenced by ..."), objectives broken down to show long- and short-term goals, interventions with selected rationales, and desired patient outcomes/discharge criteria.
  • • Each psychiatric disorder lists background assessment data, predisposing factors, symptomatology, and nursing diagnoses and nursing interventions commonly associated with the disorder.
  • • Unit on psychotropic drug classifications covers anti-anxiety agents, antidepressants, mood-stabilizing agents, antipsychotics, antiparkinsonian and tardive dyskinesia drugs, sedative-hypnotics, and agents used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
  • • Indications, route, and dosage listed for individual drugs as well as for classifications.

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