April 1970

Psychiatric Treatment in a School of Nursing

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Psychiatry, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;22(4):338-342. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01740280050009

MOST institutions of higher education have recognized their obligation to provide adequate psychiatric evaluation and treatment as well as general medical care for their students.

Many reports in the literature have dealt with the frequency of psychiatric consultation and treatment in colleges, universities, and graduate schools. There are few reports concerning treatment needs of nursing students. These students constitute a younger and less settled age group than medical students. Therefore, in addition to the usual stresses of adolescence and the burden of increasingly demanding academic requirements, they are exposed to the burden of caring for both physically and emotionally ill patients.

With the passage of time nursing education is becoming a part of the college setting. There are increasing numbers of baccalaureate programs and decreasing numbers of diploma programs in nursing education. The frequency and magnitude of the psychiatric problems encountered in this

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