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Mental Health Reflection

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To be able to describe the foundations of mental health nursing, I read a few
informational materials. The new knowledge I gained from this competency is that physical,
social, and emotional factors play a role in offering effective mental health treatment. I
attended conferences and seminars to stay abreast of the current legal issues and social
concerns in mental healthcare. I learned that all mental health nurses are legally obliged to
remain current on such issues. Moreover, mental health is a public health problem because it
is inseparable from social issues such as poverty and homelessness, whose burden is felt
worldwide (Boardman, 2011). Through participation in community health projects, I learned
how to select appropriate interventions for clients with certain psychotic, addictive, and
cognitive conditions. This competency taught me that some conditions co-occur, meaning
that a patient can simultaneously have mental health and addictive conditions. As a result,
such patients require an integrated approach to treatment.
I participated in discussion groups to evaluate nursing care strategies for clients with
personality, eating, mood, and mental health disorders. I learned that eating disorders could
result from anxiety or mood disorders, meaning that mental health professionals can use one
strategy for addressing multiple disorders. Moreover, I was not aware that eating disorder is a
mental health condition. During my internship in a mental health facility, working as a nurse
assistant, I learned how to assemble nursing care interventions for patients with mental health
and stress-related disorders. The new knowledge I acquired is that there is no ‘one size fits
all’ intervention in mental health treatment (Powell et al., 2012). Having conducted field
research, I can identify factors impacting mental health in special populations. Possessing this
competency helped me learn that populations that are most vulnerable to mental health
problems are the ones with little access to treatment and should be given the most attention.
Transferable skills can be used in various roles or occupations. Communication is a
transferable skill that is essential in mental health nursing. I acquired this skill in various

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1 Mental Health Reflection Date Institutional Affiliation 2 To be able to describe the foundations of mental health nursing, I read a few informational materials. The new knowledge I gained from this competency is that physical, social, and emotional factors play a role in offering effective mental health treatment. I attended conferences and seminars to stay abreast of the current legal issues and social concerns in mental healthcare. I learned that all mental health nurses are legally obliged to remain current on such issues. Moreover, mental health is a public health problem because it is inseparable from social issues such as poverty and homelessness, whose burden is felt worldwide (Boardman, 2011). Through participation in community health projects, I learned how to select appropriate interventions for clients with certain psychotic, addictive, and cognitive conditions. This competency taught me that some conditions co-occur, meaning that a patient can simultaneously have mental health and addictive conditions. As a result, such patients require an integrated approach to treatment. I participated in discussion groups to evaluate nursing care strategies for clients with pers ...
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