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ESPERIDIAO, Elizabeth; SILVA, Nathália dos Santos; CAIXETA, Camila Cardoso  and  RODRIGUES, Jeferson. The Psychiatric Nursing, ABEn and the Scientific Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: progress and challenges. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2013, vol.66, n.spe, pp.171-176. ISSN 0034-7167.

This study contextualizes the Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health in Brazil, considering the major historic, political and social factors that influence nursing care in this area. Reflections pointed to changes in the paradigm of psychosocial care considering the legal aspects that regulate the actions, progress and challenges experienced in the practice of Psychiatric Nursing in healthcare settings as well as in nursing education. It is essential to train professionals to work in management and assistance in perspective and interdisciplinary care network. The achievements for this specialty rush on a scientific critical and organized politically and who knows answer the reality of professionals. In this view, the Scientific Department of Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health, created by the Brazilian Association of Nursing was installed as a strategy to bring together and consolidate the work of experts, aiming to achieve the excellence of the Specialized Care in Psychiatry and Mental Health.

Keywords : Mental Health; Psychiatric Nursing; Delivery of Health Care; Brazilian Association of Nursing.

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