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Workplace Mental Health Manual for Nurse Managers

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Workplace Mental Health Manual for Nurse Managers

SKU# 9780826137456

Author: Lisa Y. Adams PhD, MSc, RN

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This text provides a comprehensive overview, if not thesis, of the contributing factors to workplace stress and how to revisit [them] and our own mental health. How can nurses and health care workplaces expect to offer health and healing when such basic foundational human dynamics of mental health are not addressed? This work opens the door to both the dynamics and the deep dimensions of the root issues facing humanity and our places of work and play."

ó Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN (From the Foreword)

This is a wonderful addition to leadership and management personnel and a good resource for any nurse. Too often nurses hide these issues and we need to make others aware of what can occur and take steps to bring these conditions out in the open. It is definitely a worthwhile addition to any nursing library... Weighted Numerical Score: 100 - 5 Stars!" -- Doody's Book Reviews

Today's health care landscape has brought many changes, challenges, and even turmoil to the workplace; stressors that can threaten the mental health of even the most stalwart and resilient of nurses. Targeting the complex set of stressors found in health care work environments, this unique, practical resource describes the impact of bullying, harassment, addictions, violence, and other triggers and the resulting adverse physiological and behavioral responses in these facilities. It presents evidence-based strategies to help health care professionals cope with unhealthy work environments.

The book describes the characteristics of health care work environments that promote stress at personal and organizational levels, and their impact on the mental health of individuals working in them. It offers insight into individual and group dynamics and the role of the health care institution, workplace management, and individual employee in fostering both healthy and unhealthy work environments. The book investigates a variety of situations that can erode mental health among coworkers and offers evidence-based improvement strategies for creating healthier, more respectful workplace environments. Case studies; specific program development initiatives; and examples of personal, professional, and organizational approaches to ameliorate adverse behaviors are included. Readers of this book will be well armed to cope with any unprofessional, disrespectful behavior on the part of their professional colleagues. It will be useful in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and health care leadership and management courses, and as a quick reference for all health care professionals dealing with mental health problems in the workplace.

Key Features:

  • Presents proven strategies for improving mental health in all health care work environments
  • Discusses theory and philosophical underpinnings for mental health in the workplace, including good business sense
  • Provides case studies and precedent-setting examples
  • Explores policy implications and program development initiatives that can be used to improve workplace environments
  • Addresses legal and ethical obligations for facilitating workplace mental health

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 17, 2014
  • Page Count 394
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826137456
  • EISBN 9780826137463

About The Author(s) 

Lisa Y. Adams, PhD, MSc, RN, is Course Instructor, Athabasca University, Alberta, CA, and Mental Health and Addictions Consultant, Ministry of Health, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, CA. For six years, Dr. Adams was Division Manager, Geriatric Psychiatry, Waterford Hospital, and, simultaneously, was Community Health Nurse/Crisis Intervener, Health and Community Services, St.John’s Region, Newfoundland, CA. She has conducted eight peer-reviewed research studies and has published 22 articles. Dr. Adams is an active volunteer in a variety of organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Brain Injury Association and the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses. She is also a volunteer Peer Reviewer for the UK journal Health and Social Care in the Community, and serves as a board member of the Canadian journal Healthcare Management Forum.

Table of Contents 

Foreword Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN




1 Stress, Mental Health, and Mental Illness 101

2 Understanding Workplace

Mental Health

3 The Perfect Storm


4 The Role of the Organization in Creating and Fostering Positive Workplace Mental Health

5 The Roles of Leadership and Management in Building a Mentally Healthy Workplace

6 The Role of the Nurse as a Person and a Professional


7 Workplace Bullying

8 Violence at Work

9 Addictions

10 Moral Distress and Ethics in the Workplace

11 Working With Colleagues Who Have Mental Illness


12 Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Employees:

A Personal Approach

13 Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Employees:

A Professional Approach

14 Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Employees:

An Organizational Approach


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