This book addresses the practical management of mental health scenarios in the emergency setting and offers first-hand reflections on how emergency nurses, practitioners and allied mental health professionals handle these situations. Responding to mental health needs in emergency situations can be profoundly complex. Frequently emergency nurses and other personnel express their feelings of powerlessness, as they do not know what to say or do in order to achieve the best outcome, and have concerns that their intervention may make the situation worse for those in their care. How a practitioner confronts the mental health encounter and takes the essential steps in managing the event can have a critical impact on how that person copes in the future. This book helps readers understand what is involved in mental health work in emergency situations, and the practical, psychosocial and spiritual tensions that arise from managing the event and the sequelae. Moreover, it shows that it may be possible to provide a more effective emergency mental health service. This unique edited book focuses on the management of people living through mental health crises and how emergency nurses, practitioners and allied mental health professionals in the community may offer support. It presents critical reflections on aspects of mental health work gathered from the 'hands-on' experiences of the personnel. Mental health encounters in the emergency context are described in detail, illustrating not only what emergency nurses and mental health workers 'do' when mental health crises occur, but also what they feel about what they 'do'. Written by a diverse team of emergency and mental health nurses and allied professionals currently engaged in emergency care both in hospital and pre-hospital settings, this book will appeal to emergency nurses and allied health professionals alike.
Dr. Tricia Scott (PhD, BA (Hons), RMN, RGN, DipN, Cert Ed.), Independent health care research and education consultant, is an academic in the higher education sector and until recently was Principal Lecturer and Programme Director, Doctorate in Health Research at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, and was previously Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Academic Emergency Medicine at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. Tricia is an experienced mental health and adult nurse, teacher and researcher with a national and international reputation in emergency care. Throughout her clinical career in the emergency department, she experienced many mental health encounters with patients and families and this led her to research this book. In 2003, Tricia was awarded a Ph.D. by Durham University. She is also Consultant Editor of the RCNi Emergency Nurse journal.
Mental Health: Intervention Skills for the Emergency Services