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Mental Health-Psychiatric Nursing Provide specialized comprehensive nursing care to cliemts/patiemts, families and communities through the utilization of the “Nursing Process” within a therapeutic environment. Emphasis is on the creation and maintenance of therapeutic interpersonal relationship, the application of general nursing skills, intersectoral collaboration with other related national and international agencies in the promotion of mental health, prevention and treatment of mental illness and the rehabilitation of the mentally ill.
Given the prevailing socio-economic circumstances and the new wave of mental health problems in the country, the mental health problem in the country, the mental health nurse requires a more dynamic and comprehensive preparation to cope with these new challenges.

Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba came into existence on October 31, 1907 when the hospital was set up as an asylum under the British Colonia rule. The first batch of 48 inmate was admitted in a disused Nigeria Railway building in Yaba.
Over the years, the hospital has witnessed four developmental stages. The first stage, (1907-1950) was purely asylum state. The function of the hospital was custodial i.e keeping the mentally ill away from the society. During this period, there were padded cells and drugs such as paraldehyde, mist alba etc were prescribed by the doctors and administered by the asylum attendants. There were nurses, no beds and beddings, no uniform and no form of psychiatric treatments. However, medical doctors from the Ministry of Health paid occasional visit to give minimal treatment. The buildings were dilapidated and the inmates lived in appalling sanitary conditions. It was truly an asylum nd its name at that time was Yaba Lunatic Asylum.
The second stage (1951 – 71) witnessed the arrival of qualified psychiatrists, nurses and pharmacist. There was no outpatient department and it also marked the beginning of Occupational Therapy in the hospital. The name of the institution was changed from asylum to Yaba Mental Hospital. This stage marked the beginning of the progressive development of the hospital as emphasis shifted to therapy in which apart from tranquilizers, ECT and deep Insulin therapy were used during this period.
The third stage saw the introduction of qualified psychiatrist. At this time, although building were still substandard, treatment then was the best and the name changed from mental hospital to Psychiatric Hospital. During this stage more professionals like nurses and pharmacists started working in the hospital. The outpatient department was established and Occupational therapy was well developed.
The fourth stage marked the coming of the first female Psychiatrist in Nigeria as the Medical Director of the hospital. It witnessed the beginning of improvement in the infrastructure and treatment in the hospital. Postgraduate training for resident doctors in Psychiatry also began during this period.

To prepare professionally competent and highly knowledgeable mental health nurse who through initiative, problem solving technique and self-directed learning are capable of providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals nd families in hospitals, clinics, health centers, communities and homes in the country. 







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