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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice

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Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd Edition

The Scope and Standards Revision Joint Task Force, composed of members from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the International Society for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, has revised and updated all sections of the document, including the definition of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing, reorganization and expansion of the scope of practice section, and creation of a new Standard on Cultural Humility. The following lists some of the main changes/additions made in this 3rd edition:

  • Expanded focus on population health, the social determinants of health/mental health, and inclusion of these factors in PMH nursing assessment
  • Expanded review of disparities/inequities in PMH care
  • Recognition of substance use disorders as psychiatric disorders and the need for all PMH nurses to be competent in providing the full range of care
  • Identification of new/expanded roles for PMH RNs/APRNs (e.g. integrated care, telehealth care)
  • Completely updated references and glossary terms
  • Creation of a PMH Nursing timeline graphic from 1882-2020

A draft of the updated scope and standards was made available for public comment through January 18, 2021. The task force is now reviewing the comments and finalizing the publication. Thank you to all who shared their feedback!


Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
2014 Edition

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice articulates the essentials of psychiatric-mental health nursing, its activities and accountabilities – the who, what, when, where, and how of practice – at multiple levels and settings. Delineating a body of knowledge and an advanced set of applied nursing skills, it reflects the diverse activities in which general and advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses are engaged and serves them in their clinical practice, education, research, and community service. This 2014 edition was updated by a Task Force composed of psychiatric-mental health nurses from APNA and the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN).

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