©2019 by Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses.

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Standards

By definition, standards in nursing are a set of guidelines for providing high quality care and criteria for evaluating that care. In other words they are rules and definitions of competent care.

These standards render the importance of addressing care form a holistic aspect. They emphasise individualised care with a clear philosophy towards the goal set by the same standards for patients to lead a "satisfying and hopeful life". They map the way forward for Psychiatric and Mental Health professionals to reach new heights in their performance. They guide them to strive in delivering care through evidence based practice, with ethical correctness.

The collective effort in formulating these standards should now wholeheartedly be praised as they underpin the essence of care. The participation of every Mental Health Nurse following these standards s very crucial for one to expect the desired outcomes.

Mr Vince Saliba

Director Nursing Service

Malta