Mental Health Law in Nursing

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-01
  • Publisher: Learning Matters
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Mental health nursing students need to understand their legal duties towards all clients, including specific laws for care of detained patients. This book is a clear guide to the Mental Health Act and Code of Practice which explains the specific duties, responsibilities and powers of mental health nurses and the care of detained patients in particular. It explains the most frequently encountered parts of the Act and Code and clarifies common misunderstandings. It also gives an introduction to other major legal considerations that mental health nursing students need to know so equipping them to be fit for registration.

Table of Contents

Mental health law and the nurse
Patients‚«÷ rights
Professional roles and responsibilities
Assessment, admission and detention
Medical treatment
Leave from hospital
Supervised community treatment
Courts and police powers
Four case studies: putting theory into practice
When care goes wrong: professional and legal consequences
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