Mary Ann Boyd’s Psychiatric Nursing: Contemporary Practice 6th edition is a comprehensive approach to psychiatric mental health nursing. Dr. Boyd revised the sixth edition to prepare nursing leaders who challenge the status quo, partner with their patients in the delivery of care, and use the latest evidence in their nursing practice.
The sixth edition has an emphasis on the recovery-interventions and wellness, with coverage of mental health promotion, assessment, and interventions in adults, families, children, adolescents and older adults. The text presents complex concepts in easy-to-understand language with multiple examples and explanations.
Special features include threaded case studies that are mapped to the chapter’s nursing care plans, therapeutic dialogue. In addition, new sections emphasizing wellness and primary care integration will be added along with the retention of popular features such as Clinical Vignettes and NCLEX Notes.
The sixth edition includes access to the online video series, Lippincott Theory to Practice Video Series: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, available in the Student and Instructor Resources. These videos display mental health disorders, allowing students to gain experience and a deeper understanding of mental health patients.
- New! Case Studies threaded in the disorder chapters are related to the Nursing Care Plan and Therapeutic Dialogue features, giving students the opportunity to apply content. Cases will come from the Patient Experience Videos, to help tie content from the book to the videos. Not all disorder chapters have a video, for those chapters a case study will be created. Exposure to patients builds student confidence and provides a seamless transition to the practice world.
- New! Wellness Challenges threaded in disorder chapters, focuses on keeping patients healthy. Will utilize case study “patient” to apply the content.
- New! Integration with Primary Care threaded in disorder chapters, addresses integration of psychiatric disorders with basic health needs blended. Will utilize case study “patient” to apply the content.
- Key Diagnostic Characteristics summaries describe diagnostic criteria, target symptoms, and associated findings for select disorders, adapted from the DSM-5 by the American Psychiatric Associations.
- Medication Profile boxes present a thorough picture of commonly prescribed medications for patients with mental health problems. The profiles complement the text discussions of biologic processes known to be associated with various mental health disorders.
- Online Videos Series, Lippincott Theory to Practice Video Series: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing includes videos of true-to-life patients displaying mental health disorders, allowing students to gain experience and a deeper understanding of mental health patients.
- Concept Mastery Alerts utilize data from prepU quizzing to highlight common misconceptions and difficult-to-understand material.
- Movie Viewing Guides list current examples of movies that depict various mental health disorders and that are widely available on DVD for rent or purchase. Viewing points are provided to serve as a basis for discussion in class and among students.
- Fame and Fortune features highlight famous people who have made important contributions to society despite dealing with mental health problems. In many instances, the public remained unaware of these disorders. The feature emphasizes that mental disorders can happen to anyone and that people with mental health problems can be productive members of society.
- Clinical Vignette boxes present reality-based clinical portraits of patients who exhibit the symptoms described in the text. Questions are posed to help students express their thoughts and identify solutions to issues presented in the vignettes.
- NCLEX Notes help students focus on important application areas to prepare for the NCLEX.
- Research for Best Practice boxes highlight today’s focus on evidence-based practice for best practice, presenting findings and implications of studies that are applicable to psychiatric nursing practice.
- Emergency Care Alerts highlight important situations in psychiatric nursing care that the nurse should recognize as emergencies.
- Nursing Management of Selected Disorders sections provide an in-depth study of the more commonly occurring major psychiatric disorders.
- Therapeutic Dialogue boxes compare and contrast therapeutic and nontherapeutic conversations to encourage students by example to develop effective communication skills.
- Psychoeducation Checklists identify content areas for patient and family education related to specific disorders and their treatment. These checklists support critical thinking by encouraging students to develop patient-specific teaching plans based on chapter content.
- Nursing Diagnosis Concept Maps help students learn to organize complex patient data into a meaningful nursing diagnosis and visually link key concepts of a disorder to in-practice examples.
- Patient education, family, and emergency icons highlight content related to these topics to help link concepts to practice.
Mary Ann Boyd PhD, DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
St. Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri