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Nancy Hanrahan
Psychiatric/Mental Health
Posted August 2010

Research concentrates on how to use nurses to better care for mental-health patients

Nancy Hanrahan does not advocate going back to the old-style mental health asylum system, but in some ways, she said, her research shows that there are at least some things that can be learned there for the future of psychiatric nursing. “Mental health nurses were quite involved then, and there was a lot of work done by nurses when those with mental health problems went back into the community,” said Hanrahan, the Dr. Lenore H. Kurlowicz Term Assistant Professor of Nursing.  Hanrahan’s research concentrates on how to use nurses to better care for mental-health patients – extending also into their physical health – especially when they leave the hospital setting. “We are facing major problems,” said Hanrahan.  “These people have cardiac disease, metabolic syndromes, obesity, diabetes -- mainly because of lack of attention to their...
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