Mental Health Nursing

Prentice Hall
Karen Lee Fontaine  
Total pages
July 2008
Related Titles

Product detail

Title no longer available


For undergraduate courses in Mental Health Nursing.


Written in a student-friendly style, this comprehensive text, and leading resource in the field of mental health nursing, emphasizes effective communication skills, details cultural considerations, and presents mental health disorders within a systematic organizational framework using the nursing process. It reflects the diversity of its student readers, and the belief that the practice of mental health nursing is in direct response to the social, cultural, environmental, and biological components of mental illness.


Hallmark Characteristics:

  • Based on the competency model, focusing on client's resourcefulness and capacity to grow and change.
  • Emphasis on developing healthy communication skills
  • Focused Assessment feature aids students in learning the type and range of assessment questions to ask particular clients
  • Clinical Interactions feature help students develop therapeutic communication skills
  • Vignettes provide first-person accounts to help students understand the experience of disorders
  • Complementary and Alternative Care features

New to this Edition

New for 6e:

  • Interactive ROAD feature uses first-person accounts of individuals with disorders in text and video, instructing students to:

            Read the text   

            Observe the video

            Assess the client

            Develop a care plan

  • New Terrorism and Disaster chapter
  • New Sexual Identity and Gender chapter
  • Nursing care plans in table format
  • Using Research Evidence feature invites students to evaluate the research base for nursing practice.
  • Focus Your Study feature appears at the end of every chapter to summarize key concepts and links them to learning objectives.
  • ExpandedDSM-IV-TR content
  • NCLEX-RNĀ®-style questions at the end of each chapter

Table of Contents

Unit I              Foundations of Mental Health Nursing


Chapter 1                    Introduction to Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 2                    The Family in Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 3                    The Community in Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 4                    The Role of Cultural Diversity in Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 5                    Legal and Ethical Issues

Chapter 6                    Neurobiology and Behavior


Unit II             Illness Management and Recovery


Chapter 7                    Illness Management: Communication and Psychoeducation

Chapter 8                    Illness Management: Common Clinical Behaviors

Chapter 9                    Illness Management: Treatment Decisions

Chapter 10                  Illness Management: Medications


Unit III           Mental Disorders


Chapter 11                  Anxiety, Dissociative, and Somatoform Disorders

Chapter 12                  Eating Disorders

Chapter 13                  Mood Disorders

Chapter 14                  Schizophrenic Disorders

Chapter 15                  Substance-Related Disorders

Chapter 16                  Personality Disorders

Chapter 17                  Disorders of Children and Adolescents

Chapter 18                  Gender Identity and Sexual Disorders


Unit IV           Neurobehavioral Disorders

Chapter 19                  Cognitive Impairment Disorders

Chapter 20                  Neuropsychiatric Problems

Unit V             Violence

Chapter 21                  Suicide

Chapter 22                  Interpersonal Violence

Chapter 23                  Sexual Violence

Chapter 24                  Community Violence

Chapter 25                  Nursing Management of the Problems Associated With Exposure to Natural Disasters and Terrorism



Karen Lee Fontaine received her bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, a nursing degree from Luthern Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and her master's degree in psychiatric nursing from Rush University, Chicago, Illinois. Karen is currently a Professor of Nursing at Purdue University Calumet, where she has been teaching for 20 years. She is also a certified sex therapist and maintains a private practice counseling individuals and couples.


Karen's publishing awards include the AJN Book of the Year Award 2000 for her text entitled Healing Practices: Alternative Therapies for Nursing, Prentice Hall, and the Annual Nursing Book Review, Sigma Theta Tau 2000 for Mental Health Nursing 4e, Addison Wesley. Karen's distinguishing academic honors include the Luther Christman Excellence in Published Writing Award, Gamma Phi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, in 1997 and Distinguished Lecturer 1994-1995 from Sigma Theta Tau, International.


Karen is a frequent presenter at national and regional seminars covering psychiatric-mental health nursing practice, alternative therapies, sexuality, and sex therapy. She is a member of several professional associations, which include the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Karen has also served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy since 2000.


Karen lives on a sand dune in Miller Beach with her soul mate, Al, and their Greater Swiss Mountain dog, Whitney. She has three children, jean-Marc, Simone and Marcel, and three grandchildren, Danielle, Christopher, and Jaycee. Karen enjoys spending time with her family, art, reading, walking on the beach, and throwing "Goddess" parties with her friends.

Instructor Resources