New Textbook Offers ‘Global Perspectives on Mental Health Nursing’

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 – A brand new textbook co-edited by a Georgetown University professor offers a global view of mental health within the nursing field.

The Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing: Evidence, Practice and Empowerment, a 492-page illustrated resource, was released this month.

Co-editors and contributing authors are Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, associate professor and chair of the Department of Professional Nursing Practice at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, and Vicki Hines-Martin, PhD, CNS, RN, FAAN, professor and director of the Office of Health Disparities and Community Engagement at the University of Louisville School of Nursing (pictured below).

“The impetus for this book was to bring together the voices and experiences of global scholars and practitioners from the six regions of the World Health Organization to serve as storytellers and advocates of those challenged by mental ill-health,” says Yearwood. “Chapter authors, primarily nurses, look at mental health within low, middle, and high-income countries and share strategies for improving the plight and well-being of this vulnerable population.”

‘Empowerment Framework’

“The Handbook provides a historical and contemporary context of mental health care, identifies and discusses evidence-based standards of care and strategies for mental health promotion and explores the need to deliver care from interdisciplinary and community-based models, placing these imperatives within a human rights and empowerment framework,” Routledge notes on its Web site.

The four-part book features 33 chapters. Sections include “Historical and Contemporary Mental Health Nursing,” “Promoting Mental Health Nursing Within Social and Cultural Contexts: Research, Best Practices and Clinical Perspectives,” “Cultural Voices and Human Rights: Case Exemplars,” and “Empowerment Strategies.”

Among the authors is Georgetown nursing alumna Angela Barron McBride (NHS’62, H’93), PhD, RN, FAAN, distinguished professor emerita of nursing and the university dean emerita of the Indiana University School of Nursing.

Global health alumnus Spencer Case (G’14), MS, and BSN alumna Katelyn Klein (NHS’09, M’19) are also contributing authors. Additionally, Teresa McEnroe Clare (NHS’87, MS’94), MS, RN, adjunct instructor of professional nursing practice at Georgetown, co-authored a chapter. Several faculty members served as chapter reviewers.

Nursing’s Critical Role

Global mental health expert Vikram Patel (H’15), PhD, a professor of international mental health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, offered a positive endorsement of the new book.

“I welcome, at long last, a book on global mental health targeted to nurses, the front-line health worker for billions of people around the world,” Patel said. “The roles that nurses can, and should, play in mental health care are diverse and this book addresses both well-trod as well as emerging concerns across the continuum of care from promotion to prevention to treatment. Importantly, at the heart of this diversity is the foundation of compassion and care, the hallmark of the nursing profession.”

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, praised Yearwood’s efforts.

“I congratulate Dr. Yearwood on this achievement,” says Cloonan. “Our school is well known for its commitment to promoting health equity and advancing the common good globally. Dr. Yearwood’s body of work, including the new textbook, makes a significant contribution to this goal within the important domain of mental health.” 

(Cover image courtesy of Routledge; image of Vicki Hines-Martin, PhD, CNS, RN, FAAN courtesy of the University of Louisville.)

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