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Psychiatric nurses are most appropriately known as psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nurses because they are in a nursing practice specialty committed to addressing the needs of persons along the mental health continuum—from mental health promotion to care of those with acute and chronic PMH disorders. Grounded in the profession of nursing, PMH nursing emerged from the understanding that both the physical and the emotional needs of patients must be addressed. First published in 1973, and updated about every 5 years, the Scope and Standards of Practice: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing describes the role, scope of practice, and standards of practice specific to psychiatric nurses and the specialty of PMH nursing. This document is published by the American Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and International Society of ...

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