Mental Health Nursing

Dimensions of Praxis

Third Edition

Karen-leigh Edward, Ian Munro, Anthony Welch, Wendy Cross

Mental Health Nursing

Dimensions of Praxis

Third Edition

Karen-leigh Edward, Ian Munro, Anthony Welch, Wendy Cross






10 Jan 2018




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Mental Health Nursing: Dimensions of Praxis, third edition, prepares student nurses by equipping them with innovative skills and essential knowledge for their mental health careers. It shows how to apply assessment processes to treatment practice, work with clients with a range of disorders, and apply nursing intervention strategies in order to achieve best practice outcomes.

The cross section of expert authors who are both educators and professionals gives readers realistic perspectives and insights on how to work and care for consumers. This new edition has incorporated further engaging learning features to help students relate theory to practice, including multiple choice quizzes which help them test their learning.

Learning Features

  • Chapter overview and Learning objectives – clearly outline and direct students to what they will learn
  • Critical Thinking Opportunity – illustrate and clarify key terms within the chapter.
  • About the Consumer – case studies that include consumer perspectives. All include reflection questions to help students consider their own experiences.
  • Care Planning – examples of care plans for the client to help student develop practical planning skills.
  • Chapter summary and Discussion question to help students review the key elements of the chapter and engage in the topic via discussion with their peers.
  • Further reading and useful websites – to assist with research and assessments.

New to this Edition

  • Streamlined to fit with the essentials required in an undergraduate course.
  • New Chapter 18 Psychotherapeutic Essentials.
  • Completely revised chapters: 8 – Law and Ethics and14 – Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Glossary Margin Notes help students build the vocabulary of a professional nurse
  • Topic Link Margin Notes Highlight/cross-reference relevant topics in different chapters, making links to different interventions.


Part 1: Contexts of Contemporary Practice

  1. A Brief History: The Role of the Nurse in Caring for the Mentally Ill in Australia and New Zealand (Aotearoa)

    Philip Warelow

  2. Diagnostic Systems Used in Clinical Assessment

    Karen Harder, Ian Munro, Annette Woodhouse

  3. Physical and Mental Health

    Steve Hemingway, Julie Sharrock, Gagan Kaur-Legha

  4. Promoting Mental Health

    Eileen Petrie, Evan Bichara

  5. Primary Mental Health Care

    Kate Cogan, Freyja Millar

  6. Resilience, Recovery and Reconnection

    Karen-leigh Edward, Tony Welch, Louise Byrne

  7. Nurses' Health and Self-care

    Glen Taylor, Daniel Nicholls, Wendy Cross

  8. Law and Ethics

    Scott Trueman

  9. Consumer and Carer Participation and Leadership

    Evan Bichara, Susan Johnson, Ian Munro

  10. Part 2: Challenges to People's Mental Health

  11. Mood and Anxiety Disorders

    Margaret McAllister, Wendy Cross

  12. Psychosis and Psychotic Disorders

    Simon Dodd, Sandy Jeffs

  13. Complexities and Rewards of Working with People with Personality Disorders

    Robert Trett, Haley Peckham

  14. Eating Disorders

    Leanne Javen, Alan Moore, Alyson Marchesani

  15. Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

    Naomi Crafti, Victoria Manning

  16. Psychopharmacology

    Chris Alderman, Karen-leigh Edward

  17. The Older Person

    Robyn Garlick

  18. Young People's Mental Health

    Kristy Young, Christine Poole

  19. Part 3: Praxis of Mental Health Nursing

  20. Psychotherapeutic Essentials

    Robert Trett, Haley Peckham, James Houghton

  21. Case Management

    Karen-leigh Edward

  22. Prevention and Management of Aggression

    Gerald A. Farrell

  23. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, New Zealand Maori and Remote Area Mental Health

    Verena Tinning, Graeme Thompson

  24. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

    Don Gorman, Wendy Cross, Suzanne Willey

  25. Forensic Mental Health Nursing
    Jo Ryan, Chris Quinn


Karen-leigh Edward is Research Director at St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne and a Visiting Professo in the School of Human & Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom.

Ian Munro is Senior Lecturer and Mental Health Lead at Monash University.

Anthony Welch is Associate Professor Mental Health Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Central Queensland University.

Wendy Cross is Associate Dean and Nursing and Allied Health at Monash University.

Student Resources

Oxford Ascend is the home of online resources for higher education students to help them study and succeed.

Oxford Ascend resources can also be used by students to test their knowledge, practice and discover more material. Each copy of the paperback comes with Oxford Ascend student resources, including:

  • Extended Test Yourself Tests with quizzes for each chapter.
  • A bonus chapter (Consultation-Liaison) from the 2nd edition – updated references, relevant for students not moving into a mental health-specific profession.
  • A hyperlinked PDF of all the weblinks within the print book.

To access your Mental Health Nursing Oxford Ascend Student Resources:

  1. Go to
  2. Register for an account
  3. Activate the code (printed inside the back cover of your textbook) within your account

This code can only be activated once. Once activated, access is valid for the life of the edition.

Lecturer Resources

Lecturer Resources are available for lecturers prescribing Mental Health Nursing, third edition, for their course:

  • Instructors Resource Manual – to assist with teaching
  • Testbank – to assist with assessment
  • Image Gallery – to assist with presentations