Recent mental health policy has focused on developing community-based services, but the reality remains that patients experiencing acute episodes of illness are mainly cared for in hospital settings. Acute Mental Health Nursing has been developed as a guide to the core knowledge and skills required for working in inpatient settings.
Strategies for Surviving Acute Care
Anyone who has been admitted to an acute in-patient ward in recent years would be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that mental health care is in a serious crisis. Many of our inner city in-patient wards have become merely places of containment and medication. Acute wards have lost their role and focus within the mental health system; they are fought over by the various stakeholders, all of whom have rather different agendas: the public and the media, who are primarily concerned about public safety, patients/service users who want or need care and treatment in a crisis, and nursing staff and psychiatrists who may believe themselves to have a role in all of these but may ...