Psychology for the Profession of Nursing
The nurse, because of the close personal relationship with the patient, must understand human emotional reactions as well as physical illness. Psychology is the key to this understanding. In this text, the authors deal with the subject in a clear, succinct, practical, and scientific manner. From their wide experience in the clinical aspects of psychology and in the instruction of student and graduate nurses, they have recognized the needs of the nursing profession regarding the understanding of human behavior. This book was written specifically to meet these needs.
Following a concise treatise on the fundamental principles of psychology and their applications to the profession of nursing, the authors proceed to give the student specific help in understanding various types of normal and abnormal patients. They stress the all-important relationships between mind and body—"psychosomatic unity"—pointing out that the nurse must minister to the emotional as well as the physical needs of the patient. They emphasize the essential need for cooperation among the professions of nursing, medicine, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, etc., in the effective treatment of the patient. Of special interest in this connection will be the chapter orienting the nurse in regard to diagnostic procedures and therapeutic techniques.