From the time I started my nursing career, over 20 years ago now, I have passionately worked in the area I am most passionate about: psychiatric - mental health. I have worked with adults suffering from a variety of psychiatric - mental health issues in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have worked with people living with persistent psychiatric disorders, co-morbid chemical dependency and personality disorders, and also people just needing some short-term, crisis intervention. I have also provided education to nurses advancing their careers as both a faculty and preceptor for over 10 years. I have a special interest in cultural influences on mental health beliefs and practices, and have conducted research, published, and presented internationally on this subject. I also have an interest in ethics and have published in this area as well.