Mental health care: expanding nursing roles
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Mental health care: expanding nursing roles

Kate Ambrose Senior Lecturer (A&E Nursing), Middlesex University Faculty of Health Studies

Kate Ambrose discusses the expanding role for the A&E nurse in meeting the needs of individuals with mental health problems

It is estimated that about 2,500 individuals are admitted to mental health facilities annually from a typical district health authority population (1). The method of patient admission varies; some GP referrals come through A&E, others with enduring mental health problems use the accident and emergency department as a crisis service, and, as the 1983 Mental Health Act (2) designates A&E as a place of safety, some individuals are brought to A&E by the police for assessment.

Emergency Nurse. 4, 3, 16-18. doi: 10.7748/en.4.3.16.s4

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