Edited Collaborative Volume Reflects the Work Experience of Child Psychiatric, Pediatric, and Family APNs
As an increasing number of children and adolescents with psychiatric symptoms go undiagnosed in our current health care system, the ability to identify and treat these issues in multiple health care settings has become vitally important.
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health: A Resource for Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Primary Care Practitioners in Nursing published this month by Wiley, John & Sons, Inc., seeks to address this growing problem of unmet mental health needs of children and adolescents. The book’s publication could not be more timely. The current health care reform, and the subsequent development of innovative care delivery models, affords a unique opportunity to integrate behavioral health into primary care treatment for children and adolescents, with the ultimate goal being to ensure that children and adolescents presenting with mental health issues have access to timely care with the most appropriate health care provider.
The 30 chapters in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health were written by over 70 nurse experts, and compiled and edited by: Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN is Associate Professor at the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University; Geraldine S. Pearson, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the Home Care Program; and Jamesetta A. Newland, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, DPNAP is Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at NYU College of Nursing.
“Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health is aimed at advanced practice nurses and graduate students in nursing,” said Newland. “The book can also be used by practicing clinicians who need a reference. If they see something in their practice, they can look it up, as we’ve covered a broad range of topics,” Newland said.
The book is divided into four sections addressing assessment, treatment, special populations, and special issues. Within these sections, each chapter includes state-of-the-art, evidence-based information about the most common issues faced by psychiatric and primary care practitioners alike.
Chapters focused on disorders review clinical manifestation, etiology, nursing interventions, integration with primary care, and implications for practice, research, and education. Chapters focused on issues describe the linkages between the behavioral/psychiatric profile of the child and associated risk and management strategies.
Key features include:
- Speaks specifically to issues faced by advanced practice nurses;
- Describes the etiology of psychiatric and psychosocial behaviors in children and adolescents;
- Integrates psychiatric and primary care management strategies;
- Comprehensive in scope, including special topics such as legal and ethical issues and cultural considerations.
“The reality is that there are not enough child psychiatric providers to meet the burgeoning needs of the pediatric population for mental health services both in the United States and worldwide,” said Newland. “Primary care is at the forefront of service provision and, as such, providers can play a significant role in meeting mental health needs through early case finding and supportive linkages to treatment,” she said.
Dr. Newland notes that APNs in primary care can be instrumental in initial assessment, as screening, collaboration, and referral are integral parts of the primary care practitioner's role.
“One intention of our book is to raise the awareness of primary care practitioners to consider behavioral health presentations in their assessment, then screen for severity, and work collaboratively with colleagues like APN child and adolescent psychiatric mental health nurses, to ensure all children and adolescents receive treatment,” said Newland.
The U.S. government’s Healthy People 2020 goals advocate for all levels of prevention in pediatric care including early case finding, access to treatment, and increased awareness of mental health needs. It is the authors’ goal that Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health facilitates the work of all APNs who interact with children, adolescents, and families.
For more information about the book, visit Wiley-Blackwell’s website.
About the Authors:
Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN is Associate Professor at the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University. She is currently on the editorial board and is the Column Editor on cultural issues for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. Dr. Yearwood is ANCC certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and is a member of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses.
Geraldine S. Pearson, PhD, PMHCNS, BC, FAAN is Past President of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Director of the Home Care Program, a community intervention for juvenile justice youth. Dr. Pearson is ANCC certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.
Jamesetta A. Newland, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, DPNAP is Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at New York University College of Nursing. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Healthcare. Dr. Newland maintains practice as an ANCC certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the NYU Nursing Faculty Practice, a nurse managed primary care clinic.
About NYU College of Nursing:
NYUCN is a global leader in nursing education, research, and practice. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Master of Arts and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs; a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. For more information, visit www.nyu.edu/nursing.
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