What About Mental Health

By: Hillary Colbry

a hopeful BSN

All of These Objectives to Learn
 Identify the problems in caring for mental
health patients
 Become aware of why is matters to healthcare
and nursing practice
 Identify relatable nursing theories for the
 Identify current healthcare policies, resources,
and quality and safety issues
 Identify the potential solutions nurses can do to
help the resolve the issue

 1 in 4 people experience mental ill at some
in their lifetime

 Comorbid disease processes between mental
and physical health
 ↑ Risk for obesity and metabolic syndrome



 Average time to treatment
Females: 208 days

(Schimmele, 2009)

Males: 203 days

Why the health care system is NOT
working for people with mental
 There are NO WELL PRACTICED STANDARDS for diagnosis or history
mental health
 Mental hospital beds not always available
 Difficulty accessing and remaining in

Why does it matter to nurses?

 Mental Illness can present itself in any area of nursing care
 Mental Illness continues to not be accepted in the general
population despite its popularity among the human race
 Existence in the workplace-Coworkers
 We CAN help

Health Care Environment: Policies
(Garfield, 2010)

 Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA):
 More people will be eligible for Insurance Now mandated coveragepenalties for employers
Ratio for coverage with
behavior: medical has to be EQUAL
 Private Insurance Companies &
Differs greatly

Health Care Environment Resources
 Resources
 Care managers
 Mental Health Services Block Grant
 Pine Rest

Health Care Environment:
Quality & Safety Issues

(Bailey, 2014)

 Quality Issues
 Discrimination from healthcare workers
 Those receiving treatment for common mental disorders:
 Safety Issues
 Life expectancy with severe mental illness
 Average 20 years less for men
 Average 15 years less for women

Inferences and
 What do we need?
 Education
 Standards
 People with a mental illness are two and a half times more likely to die
from ALL MAIN CAUSES OF DEATH when compared to the general
population (Stanley, 2011)

Root Cause Analysis

Awareness &

History &


s of Care

Theory Base: Interdisciplinary Care
 Abraham Maslow’s
Basic Human Needs

 Focus: Factors in assisting
mental health rather than
factors assisting to mental
 Purpose : To bring
individuals to selfactualization = welcoming
of uncertainty, inner
directed, caring etc.

Theory: Nursing Care
 Roper-Logan-Tierney Model for Nursing

(Nursing, 2013)

 Base: Holistic, Activities of daily living (ADL’s), what living means to the
 Purpose: Identify how patient has changed due to illness, injury, or
 Identify: 5 aspects that influence ADL’s
Biological, Psychological, Sociocultural, Environmental, and
 Action: Nurse determines interventions to ↑ independence and any
support to ↑ meaning of living

 Critical time intervention (CTI) (Tomita, 2015)
 First 9 months is crucial
 Referral to standard community based services, outpatient psychiatric
treatment, Social services(CTI worker)—From hospital discharge
 3 Phases
1. Identify support networks
2. Direct assistance to support networks
3. Termination of intervention

Recommendations: Nurses

(Happell, 2014)

 Reducing use of antipsychotic meds
 Encouraging healthier lifestyle
 Screening for physical health problems
 Coordinating physical health services between primary and mental health
 Engaging consumers is physical healthcare mgmt.
 Linking together a range of services for the consumer
 Increasing public awareness of the physical ill-health of consumers

ANA Standards

(American, 2010)

 Standard 1: Assessment
 Standard 5D: Prescriptive Authority and Treatment
 Standard 13: Collaboration

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