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NOW AVAILABLE: Canadian Standards of Practice for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 5th Edition

Canadian Standards of Practice for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 5th Edition — 2023

Mental health care in Canada has undergone significant transformations in recent years, shaped by federal, provincial, and territorial mental health acts, as well as evolving legislation. Amid these dynamic changes, Canadian psychiatric-mental health nurses have stood as steadfast advocates, striving to enhance the nation's mental health care system and policies. In alignment with Canada's mental health strategy, "Changing Directions Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada" by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in 2012, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's "Calls to Action" in 2015, these dedicated professionals have consistently worked to support and respond to the evolving landscape of mental health care. Furthermore, their practice is deeply rooted in the principles of the Social Determinants of Health as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the seventeen sustainable development goals set forth by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Today, we are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in the field of psychiatric-mental health nursing in Canada - the launch of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses' (CFMHN) Canadian Standards of Practice for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 5th Edition, referred to as "the Standards." These standards are instrumental in guiding the practice of psychiatric-mental health nurses across the country, ensuring that their care remains evidence-informed, contemporary, relevant, and responsive to the diverse needs of individuals, families, communities, and the broader health care system.

The landscape of Canadian society has seen a multitude of social issues, global events, and mental health policy changes. It is within this ever-evolving context that the 5th edition of the Standards has emerged, encapsulating the wisdom and experience of psychiatric-mental health nurses who are at the forefront of our nation's mental health care.

What to Expect in the 5th Edition of the Standards

This milestone edition of the Standards offers a comprehensive perspective, delving into the historical evolution of previous editions, highlighting the revised practice standards. This historical overview provides valuable insights into the changing contexts that have shaped our specialty nursing values and care priorities over time.

Within the 5th edition, readers will discover:

  1. The Purpose of the Standards: A clear and concise articulation of the Standards' role in guiding specialty practice.

  2. Current Issues: An exploration of contemporary challenges and opportunities facing psychiatric-mental health nursing in Canada.

  3. Values and Beliefs: An exposition of the core values and beliefs that underpin the practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing.

  4. Glossary: A comprehensive glossary featuring definitions of key terms and a list of abbreviations for clarity and reference.

  5. Appendices: Additional resources and information to enhance understanding and application of the Standards.

  6. References: A curated list of references, providing a foundation of evidence-based practice.

The 5th edition of the Canadian Standards of Practice for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing is now available as a PDF on our website. This invaluable resource equips psychiatric-mental health nurses, healthcare professionals, educators, policymakers, and all those dedicated to improving mental health care in Canada with the tools they need to provide exceptional care.

As we embark on this new chapter, we extend our deepest gratitude to the psychiatric-mental health nurses who have tirelessly contributed their expertise and passion to the development of these standards. Together, we are committed to advancing the field, enhancing mental health care, and ensuring a brighter, more compassionate future for all Canadians.

For more information and to access the 5th edition of the Standards, please download the file below.

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