School of Nursing Professor Vicki Hines-Martin
School of Nursing Professor Vicki Hines-Martin

A comprehensive reference book that focuses on the global perspective of mental health nursing has been co-edited by nursing faculty members from the University of Louisville and Georgetown University.

The “Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing: Evidence, Practice and Empowerment” examines issues that affect mental health practice and research, evidence-based health promotion strategies, and studies of problems and approaches to mental health care in different countries.

UofL School of Nursing Professor Vicki Hines-Martin, PhD, CNS, RN, FAAN, co-edited the book with Georgetown University Department of Professional Nursing Practice Chair and Associate Professor Edilma Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN.

Nurses from more than 10 countries – including Argentina, Egypt, England and Japan – contributed to the book. UofL School of Nursing faculty and staff members who contributed to the book include Associate Professor Catherine Batscha, Professor Karen Robinson, Professor Debbie Thomas, Administrative Specialist Molly Hall, and PhD student Melanie Walters.

“The book has a mental health promotion perspective and a section focused on the cultural experiences of a variety of nurses,” Hines-Martin said. “It includes a range of issues and how nurses work under a variety of conditions, what they see as priorities for mental health in their communities and where we should go in terms of major issues that impact mental wellbeing, including the impact of war.”