Year: 1990 Source: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, v.26, no.3, (1990), p.7-11 SIEC No: 19910051

Nurses without prior psychiatric experience need to acquire certain information & skills if they are to practice with a sense of competence as they begin their careers in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Essential content for a suggested orientation program includes: key theoretical concepts; maintenance of a safe environment; & interacting with clients who are delusional/hallucinating, behaving seductively, or are suicidal. The importance of clinical supervision is addressed. (3 refs.)