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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing

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Integrating Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, and Complementary and Alternative Approaches


  • Kathleen Tusaie PhD, APRN-BC
  • Joyce J. Fitzpatrick PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

There are few new books to direct PMH-APRN treatment options...Now, this book provides the path to integration of treatment options for the holistic care of psychiatric client by PMH-APRNs."--Doody's Medical Reviews

"This text is a wonderful compilation of information that is needed within current advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing. The chapters are informative, have excellent references and provide up to the minute information that is grounded in evidence-based practices."

Barbara Jones Warren, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, PMH, FAAN
Professor, Clinical Nursing
Director, Psychiatric Nursing Specialty
National Institutes of Health/American Nurses Association Ethnic/Racial Minority Fellow
The Ohio State College of Nursing

This groundbreaking core text fills a void in nursing literature by integrating psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches into advanced practice nursing. It is organized around psychiatric "syndromes" rather than DSM diagnoses, so it will remain current even after the publication of the DSM-5. The book provides clear and relevant treatment options in the form of decision trees with additional explanatory narratives. These decision trees enable practitioners to distinguish "normal" patients from those who require more customized therapeutic interventions. This holistic text integrates neurobiology, theory, and research evidence related to psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and complementary and alternative medicine interventions. While providing comprehensive information on theory and practice, it simplifies complex aspects of treatment with clarity and provides the depth of content appropriate to support sound clinical reasoning required in advanced practice.

The book responds to the current backlash against overmedication in psychiatry. It also fulfills the upcoming requirements by APNA and ISPN that advanced practice psychiatric nurses must have skills in psychotherapy. Additionally, the text focuses on treatment issues across the life span and highlights pertinent clinical differences from the adult population through pediatric pointers and aging alerts. Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing reflects the extensive practice and educational experience of editors and contributors from the United States, Canada, and Scotland, all of whom are expert APNs.

Key Features:

  • Organized around psychiatric "syndromes," rather than DSM diagnoses, so it will remain relevant after the DSM-5 is published
  • Integrates neurobiology, theory, and research evidence related to psychotherapy. psychopharmacology, and CAM therapies
  • Provides the much-needed content on psychotherapy newly required for all psychiatric advanced practice nurses (APNA & ISPN White Papers)
  • Supports clinical decision skills through thoughtfully designed, easy-to-follow decision trees
  • ICONS highlight life span clinical management differences through Pediatric Pointers and Aging Alerts

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 21, 2012
  • Page Count 578
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826108708
  • EISBN 9780826108715

About The Author(s) 


, is the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was dean from 1982 through 1997. She has received numerous honors and awards including the

American Journal of Nursing

Book of the Year Award 20 times. Dr. Fitzpatrick is widely published in nursing and health care literature, and serves as editor of three nursing journals. Her most recent Springer books are

Theory in Nursing: Application to Research and Practice

, coedited with Geraldine McCarthy,

Encyclopedia of Nursing Education

, coedited with Mary Jane Smith and Roger Carpenter, and

Concept Analysis

, coedited with Geraldine McCarthy. She also coedited, with Kathleen R. Tusaie, the Springer Publishing book,

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing: Integrating Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, and Complementary and Alternative Approaches


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Also visit SpringBoard, the official blog of Springer Publishing Company, to see what co-author Kathleen Tusaie, PhD, APRN-BC, has to say about the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition (DSM 5).

Table of Contents 

Section I. The Dynamic Nature of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Chapter 1. Theoretical Understandings and Evidence Base for Practice

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick

Chapter 2. Shared Decision Making: Concordance between Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Nurse (PMH-APRN) and Client

Austyn Snowden and Kathleen R. Tusaie

Section II. Foundations for Integrated Practice

Chapter 3. Synergy of Integrated Treatment

Kathleen R. Tusaie

Chapter 4. Overview of Psychotherapy

Kathleen R. Delaney and Ricardo Broach

Chapter 5. Overview of Psychopharmacology

Debbie Steele and Norman L. Keltner

Chapter 6. Overview of Complementary/Alternative Approaches

Kathleen R. Tusaie

Chapter 7. Stages of Treatment

Kathleen R. Tusaie

Section III. Integrative Management of Specific Syndromes

Chapter 8. Integrative Management of Disordered Mood

Kathleen R. Tusaie

Chapter 9. Integrative Management of Anxiety

Beth Phoenix and Kathy Johnson

Chapter 10. Integrative Management of Psychotic Symptoms

Linda Jacobson and Marianne Tarraza

Chapter 11. Integrative Management of Sleep Disturbances

Carol Enderlin, Martha E. Kuhlmann, Melodee Harris, Matthew Hadley, Arlene Sullivan, Karen M. Rose, and Anita Mitchell

Chapter 12. Integrative Management of Disordered Eating

Debra Fahs, Robert Krause, and Kathleen R. Tusaie

Chapter 13. Integrative Management of Disordered Cognition

Anita Thompson Heisterman

Chapter 14. Integrative Management of Disordered Attention

Lisa Barry & Marianne Tarrazza

Chapter 15. Integrative Management of Self-Directed Injury

Chapter 16. Integrative Management of Other-directed Violence

Marla McCall

Section IV. Special Considerations

Chapter 17. Integrative Management of Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Syndromes

Rita Hanuschock

Chapter 18. Medical Problems & Psychiatric Syndromes

Marianne Tarraza

Chapter19. Integrative Management of Pregnancy during Psychiatric Syndromes

Carrie Cichocki

Chapter 20. Forensic Issues and psychiatric syndromes

Jeffrey S. Jones

Section V. Maintaining Competence and Quality

Chapter 21. Global Perspectives and the Future of Advanced Practice PMH Nursing

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick

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