Mental Health Nursing Research Paper

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Mental health nurses unite: we can improve the health and longevity of our patients Shelley Christ Brandman University Mental health nurses unite: we can improve the health and longevity of our patients The Issue This is a call to action for mental health nurses. People with severe mental illness (SMI) are suffering with significantly higher incidences of physical illness and higher rates of premature deaths than members of the population without SMI. (DeHert et al., 2011). According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2008), 1 in 17 people suffer from a severe mental illness (SMI). We as mental health nurses have an opportunity and an obligation to develop therapeutic relationships with our patients and use our knowledge…show more content…
Individuals have a decrease in physical activity and make poor nutritional choices. (Happell et al., 2012). People with SMI also smoke more than the general population and use more substances including alcohol. (Buhagiar, Parsonage, & Osborn, 2011) Fear of reporting symptoms and interacting with the healthcare system due to their history of forced hospitalizations and basic distrust is another factor. SMI leads to a decrease in health seeking behaviors because of social withdrawal and lack of motivation. (Battams & Henderson,…show more content…
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