Psychiatric nurses care for patients with mental or emotional health issues such as anxiety disorders, schizophrenia or depression. Psychiatric nurses design nursing care plans for each patient individually, based on the facts of the case as well as a number of psychiatric nursing theories developed by research in mental health treatment.
Drug and psychosocial interventions for the symptoms of schizophrenic disorders contribute to a lower incidence and prevalence of schizophrenia. Nurses will be able to offer better care through the use of nursing models and theories in the care of Schizophrenics. Protocol for assessing standards of care for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia have major implications for nursing practice (Gournay, 1996). The theory-practice gap in psychiatric nurse care of Schizophrenics needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Evidence has shown the importance of service user's participation in research, education and in practice through out the mental health care system. The writer in this assignment will discuss the importance of service user participation in the delivery of psychiatric nursing care, focusing on the nursing assessment using a holistic approach.