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Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Clinical Approach 6TH EDITION Paperback – 2010


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: WB Saunders Co,2010 (2010)
  • ASIN: B004HP3LP0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pertinent information are in highlighted boxes, very helpful.
JigglyTofu
My teachers recommend books by this author due to the ease of reading and understanding for nursing students just learning about mental health.
chevygirl
Definitely needed the cd with the book, but the book was in good shape, as described.
Emilee

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jenne Brooks on May 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book provides standard information about mental health nursing care in an easy to read manner. However, the book and resource materials are poorly edited. Misspellings, blatant mistakes, and wrong answer keys are common. In one section of the online resources for the book, they refer to bupropion as generic Prozac, a mistake that if made in the field, would get the nurse's license taken.

For such a late edition of the book, it's unimaginable that this many mistakes exist!

What's worse, teachers taking questions from the test bank must be careful because the editing mistakes are frequent in there as well. It has been an endless frustration to my nursing class because my inexperienced professor is of the mindset that if it's in the test bank, it is right, even though many of the questions we received were clearly wrong or had more than one answer.

That being said, this book also has issues where information in one section of the chapter contradicts information appearing in another section. I believe this is due to the fact that multiple writers composed each chapter.

Hey editors:
- It's spelled "Rett Syndrome", not "Rhett's Disorder". And they do know what causes it. p639
- It's no longer considered appropriate to use a tongue blade on a seizing individual. Get this out of your book. p392
- The paragraph about Middle Eastern suicide bombers is racist and offensive, and doesn't really belong in a mental health nursing book. Keep your politics to yourself. p552
- "Cent-rally" is not supposed to be spelled with a hyphen. p328
- About half the questions on the resource CD are keyed wrong. Thanks again.
- and much much more.

Elizabeth Varcarolis/Elsevier could do well by hiring an editor or ten. I'd be embarrassed to have my name on such a sloppy book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By amelia on November 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The book is well-organized for the most part, and easy to follow. The reading level is a little simple and conversational, so it's probably really intended for a basic intro to psych nursing -- the "advanced practice" sections could probably be left out, as anyone who is studying to be an advanced practice psych nurse would find this book too simplistic and without sufficient detail. The care plans at the end of each chapter are very good, as are the majority of tables and vignettes.

However...there are spelling mistakes, editing mistakes, and (as is almost always the case with Elsevier titles), problems with the practice questions and answers. I'm right now looking at chapter 17 (Cognitive Disorders) -- the chapter review question #5 (there are 5 per chapter) is an alternate-item "select all that apply" question, and the options are numbered 1-6; the answer key in the back of the book says the correct answers are "4,5,6,7." There is no "7." This sort of mistake, even in late editions, is exactly what I have come to be very frustrated with while using Elsevier/Mosby/Evolve materials. There are also several sentences with misspellings in words or letters missing or spaces in the middle of a word. This should not be the case in a 6th edition book. It's unprofessional and distracting.

I would like some rationales for the chapter review questions -- there's not much learning in not knowing why a certain answer is better than the others.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RN Student on May 17, 2011
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This book was a huge pain to have in my class. It is full of contradictions, and it is extremely poorly edited. If you are taking this class online, good luck. It you have a lecture for this class, listen well. The questions that come on the CD contradict the book and are extremely poorly edited. I really wish we had gone with a different book for this class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JK on May 5, 2012
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This book is repetitive and useless for studying because the answers to the chapters are not correct, for example, listing option "5" as correct when there is no option 5! Any professor who chooses this book must be getting a kick-back from the company or is just too lazy to find an adequate book.
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By JigglyTofu on January 15, 2015
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The 7e book was required for my nursing class, but I checked with a professor if this version would be okay and it was. Save yourself some money and get this edition if your professor allows it. The chapters are not in the same order in older edition but covers the same information. Just look up chapters by title.

This book was easier to read than other nursing textbooks. Pertinent information are in highlighted boxes, very helpful. I liked how there were little stories about different psych patients that helped with memorization.
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By J. Cordero on February 7, 2010
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This is a required book for my Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing course. The book is interesting and provides, the right amount of information I need about mental health nursing...however, I wish the author would have provided more information, linking certain theories to current practice (just a small paragraph). Overall, cheaper to purchase this book over Amazon than the bookstore!
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By Meghan on January 22, 2015
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No CD in textbook but otherwise what I expected.
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By Nancy on May 5, 2014
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This book was helpful when i too mental health in nursing school. It was pretty straight forward and you could follow along and understand what you are reading. But at times you had to flip pages cause it referred some information to other pages.
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More About the Author

Elizabeth M. Varcarolis, RN, MA, Professor Emeritus, Formerly Deputy Chairperson, Department of Nursing, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY; Associate Fellow, Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), New York, NY.