Psychiatric Nursing: The Nurse’s Role in Preventing Chronicity

  • Anita Werner O’Toole
  • Sheila Rouslin Welt


Psychiatric Nurses who hold a master’s or doctoral degree are developing direct clinical practices. Such clinical work will be effective tive in preventing mental illness and inopromoting mental health in persons who are psychiatrically disturbed. Like the other three major professional disciplines in the mental health field, psychiatry, clinical psychology, and social work, psychiatric nursing is in its infancy in evolving viable, effective clinical practice. This paper suggests one focus in the work of psychiatric nurses, namely, the prevention of chronicity in psychiatric patients.


Mental Illness Staff Member Psychiatric Patient Psychiatric Nurse Power Struggle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita Werner O’Toole
    • 1
  • Sheila Rouslin Welt
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychiatric Mental Health NursingKent State UniversityKentUSA
  2. 2.Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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