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photo Psychiatric Nursing
Profiles in Compassion
By Karen McMillen
Executive Producer, Ben Achtenberg

Attending to the emotional needs of patients is a critical part of nursing care. Through profiles of several psychiatric nurses and the vital work they do in community mental healthcare, in home health, in private practice, and in the hospital, this documentary reveals the complexities and rewards of psychiatric mental health nursing and demonstrates the enormous impact psychiatric nurses have on the quality of their patient's lives.

The video portrays psychiatric nurses as patient educators and advocates as well as caregivers, and stresses their role in coordinating other aspects of care for their patients. It also demonstrates the importance of psychiatric nursing training for all nurses, not only those in advanced practice situations.

30 minutes
© 1999
Purchase $199 DVD
Order No. QA-279
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-949-5
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"Through highly skilled, but often seemingly effortless support, these clinical nurse pioneers provide clients with the tools and personal dignity essential to live successfully with others in their communities. This film will permanently dispel any Nurse Ratchet associations with mental health nursing." Nancy M. Valentine, RN, PhD, Special Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs

"A comprehensive, as well as compassionate representation of the roles played by psychiatric nurses." Sheila Byrne, RN, CS, MN, MA University of Southern California

"Provides insight into the contemporary roles of psychiatric nurses. Recommended as a useful addition to any health-related careers collection." MC Journal

Awards & Conference Screenings
Intl. Society of Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurses
Western Psychological Association

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To rent or purchase this film, please visit the Icarus Films website