Issues in Mental Health Nursing (IMHN) is a peer-reviewed electronic nursing journal that discusses the many facets of this rapidly changing clinical practice. The mission of I Mammoth Nursing Home Association (IMHN) is to enhance patient care through education, training and community involvement. It is a non profit organization and is not supported by any insurance companies or doctors’ groups. The articles presented in I Mammoth Nursing are designed to encourage current and future nurses to advance their nursing knowledge through extensive research and written articles.
Issues In Mental Health Nursing
A Powerful Tool for Educating Providers” is the first in an 8 part series highlighting issues in mental health nursing that span the gamut from prevention to treatment and from disease to death. Contributing tutorials include those from Dr. Mary P. Collins, Clinical Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Center at John Hopkins; Dr. Edward M. Glaser, Director Emeritus, Alzheimer’s Center at Pace University; Dr. Susan J. DeBerg, Director of the Alzheimer’s Education and Behavior Clinic at Beth Israel Medical Center; and Dr. David R. Greenberg, Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami. Also contributing articles are those from Dr. Ida P. Rolf, PsyD, Director of the Developmental Psychology department at Rush University; Dr. Joseph J. Diener, Director of the Department of Psychological Medicine and Neuropsychology, Rush University; and Dr. Amy Cresswell, Director of Family Medicine and Community Health at Legacy Medical.
Communities In Mental Health:
Challenges and Change” is another important contribution in I Mammoth Nursing. This article examines the impact of gentleness on society. Contributing contributors are Ms. Jackie Griffiths-White, Chair of the Sainsbury Centre; Mr. Harry Sullivan, CEO of the Sainsbury Centre; Mr. Brian Smith, Director of Policy and Programs at Sainsbury; Mr. Martin Seligman, Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health, University of Manchester; Mr. David Stellman, Clinical Chair in Social Medicine at the University of Cambridge; and Mr. Nicholas Stern, Professor of Public Health Policy and Medicine at Harvard University. The focus of this report is gentleness.
A cross referenced list to accompany this article was prepared by using GIS technology and Microsoft Office Excel. The results of the analysis are shown in a table showing ten areas that were identified as having the highest levels of gentleness across various cultures and age groups. These areas included: public libraries, local government, family courts, care provision organizations, children’s hospitals, hospices, local businesses, caring for older people, and volunteer opportunities. The United Kingdom had the highest levels of gentleness across all areas with the exception of the community mental health facilities. The largest disparity in gentleness across the ten areas was found in the elderly care provision organizations. While charities were the top-ranking category in this study, it should be noted that other types of charities and organizations had significantly higher rates of gentleness.
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Across all areas studied, the gender ratio was fairer in mental health nursing compared to all other categories. The ratio for men/women was 3.5:1. In addition there was a slightly higher rate in England for females in nursing compared to the United Kingdom average. Across all age groups and all areas women had higher ratios than men. This finding may be due to the fact that more women are choosing speciality nursing in the United Kingdom compared to other countries.
In London the ratio of men to women in the social care sector was 1.7:1. Across the country the ratio was slightly higher for men in the general population (including men and women in speciality nursing) than in the private sector. The differences in ratios were mostly found in the regions that are most urban. In the London area the ratio of men to women was the highest in the country at 7.3:1.
Of note is that the ratios were slightly higher in London than in the rest of the country (ONS PowerPoint Figure 5). There is also an apparent difference between men and women in the NHS i.e. more men in the NHS in London than in the rest of the country. This could be due to recruitment practices that differ between NHS hospitals in London and elsewhere in the UK.
There are a variety of issues in mental health nursing that need to be considered. These include issues such as staffing issues, changes in legislation, a lack of specialist staff and the use of unsuitable equipment. Professionals in this profession work with people of different ages, both young and elderly, people with varying illnesses and various emotional and personal difficulties. Issues in mental health nursing in London need to be addressed and solved effectively if the health and welfare service is to continue to provide excellent care for those that need it.