Mental Health Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

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The paper template, including the reference page, title page, headers, and page numbers, are already formatted for you.

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The title here must match the title on your title page. Your introduction follows the title of your paper (note that the title is not bolded). Note also that there is no heading that says Introduction . The paragraph or two that follows the title on the first page of your text is assumed to be your introduction. You should start your introduction with a powerful statement or two to stimulate interest. You should identify that the purpose of your paper is to preview, summarize, and critique a scholarly article (from the Chamberlain Library ) related to a mental health nursing topic (See the “Purpose” in your guidelines) and outline your paper based on the assignment guidelines criteria; that is, article summary (statistics, key points, findings, how applied to practice), and the article’s critique (strengths, weaknesses, recommendations). Remember that formal papers are in third person, so no you, I, me, or we until you make a recommendation about your article [note: When writing in APA Style, you can sparingly use the first person point of view when discussing your results/recommendations (“I discovered/ I recommend/I do not recommend”)] In the introduction, you should introduce the article you are critiquing in an APA formatted citation [see APA, p. 177] (e.g., “The literature review by Jacobowitz (2013) . . . .” or “Jacobowitz (2013) described posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in nurses, specifically psychiatric nurses. . . .). [1-2 paragraphs]

Article Summary

The article’s summary provides the detail of what the author(s) of the article did. [Do not quote more than one or two short passages (just several words) is any. Summarize—do not paraphrase or change words in the original (that’s called paraphrasing plagiarism)].You should discuss both what the article was about, the evidence (statistics or qualitative evidence) that supported the topic’s significance, and the key points and findings of the article. {You might say something like this: Jacobowitz (2013) described a surprising finding that about 10% of mental health nurses have suffered from symptom of PTSD. The issue is identified as “the emotional injury to psychiatric nurses or other health care workers as a result of assault—or the threat of assault” (Jacobowitz, 2013, p. 787). [This is about as much as you should ever quote—note the format of the APA citation—and it matches its reference in the reference list below].

In another paragraph, thoroughly discuss how that information could be used in your practice as a registered nurse—wherever you envision your practice to be—and provide at least two relevant examples for that. Here it would be appropriate for you to use the first person point of view. [3-4 well developed paragraphs]

Article Critique

This section is your analysis of the article (in 3rd person). Demonstrate your analysis and original thinking by comparing the article’s information against what you know from your textbook or other journal articles from the CCN library. Makes sure you specify what the article’s strengths and weaknesses are (did the author use evidence to back up claims, what evidence was used, were there contradictions in the articles, did the author cite data/statistics, were the author’s references strong/weak—of course you must give a rational for your analysis). Remember that you are analyzing the article—not specifically the mental health nursing topic. You might discuss the article’s main sections, main points, or conclusions giving examples (usually in your own words) and how well those article sections explained their points, supported the position, used scholarly evidence to support them, or gave relevant examples of clinical application. You may have your own method for critique.

Discuss, in its own paragraph, your recommendations of the article to a colleague showing thoughtful application of critical thinking (a recommendation can use the first person pronoun, “I”) [3-4 well developed paragraphs]


The conclusion should briefly say what was included in the paper. Remember that the introduction is a preview, and this section should contain a summary. In a well-defined and clearly stated way, explain your synthesis and/or comprehensive analysis summary of the article and its content. You should also should discuss you’re professional take-away(s): the significance of the article to you (here you can also use 1st person). Your conclusion should reflect your introduction and the main points of your paper. [1-2 well developed paragraphs]


Remember that this is a reference list rather than a bibliography. A bibliography is everything you read to prepare the paper but a reference list is only what you cited. If there is not a citation for a reference, it should not be here. PLEASE make sure that your references here and your citations throughout the paper are in APA format. Take the time to make sure that they are correct. We have already formatted the paper for you with this template.

[Here are a number of examples of references—yours should look similar –See APA, p. 198). Notice the Jacobowitz (2013) reference below that matches the examples above]

Aydin, C., Donaldson, N., Stotts, N. A., Fridman, M., & Brown, D. S. (2015). Modeling hospital-acquired pressure ulcer prevalence on medical-surgical units: Nurse workload, expertise, and clinical processes of care. Health Services Research50(2), 351-373. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.12244

Balevre, P., Cassells, J., & Buzaianu, E. (2012). Professional nursing burnout and irrational thinking: A replication study. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 28 (1), 2-8.

Clark, P. G. (2013). Toward a transtheoretical model of interprofessional education: Stages, processes and forces supporting institutional change. Journal of Interprofessional Care27(1), 43-49. doi:10.3109/13561820.2012.730074

Edwards, D., Hawker, C., Carrier, J., & Rees, C. (2011). The effectiveness of strategies and interventions that aim to assist the transition from student to newly qualified nurse. The JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 9(53), 2215-2323.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement. (2015). Initiatives: Transforming care at the bedside. Retrieved from default.aspx

Jacobowitz, W. (2013). PTSD in Psychiatric Nurses and Other Mental Health Providers: A Review of the Literature. Issues in Mental Health Nursing34(11), 787-795. doi:10.3109/01612840.2013.824053

Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2012). The leadership challenge (5th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Maaskant, J. M., Vermeulen, H., Apampa, B., Fernando, B., Ghaleb, M.A., Neubert, A., . . . Soe, A. (2015). Interventions for reducing medication errors in children in hospital. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (3), doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006208.pub3

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 42 U.S.C. § 18001 et seq. (2010).

Rouen, P. (2014). Chapter 14: Aligning design, method, and evaluation with the clinical question. In K. Moran, R. Burson, & D. Conrad, The Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarly project (pp. 331-346). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.


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