Registered Mental Health Nurse
As a mental health nurse, you will provide support to people living with various mental health conditions. This can involve helping the patient to recover from their illness or to come to terms with it in order to lead a positive life.
You will often carry out your work in multidisciplinary teams, liaising with psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, GPs, social workers and other health professionals.
You may work with patients in a variety of settings including:
- their own homes
- community healthcare centres
- hospital outpatients departments
- specialist units
- Secured residential units.
- Assess and talk to patients about their problems and discuss the best way to plan and deliver their care
- Build relationships with patients to encourage trust, while listening to and interpreting their needs and concerns
- Ensure the correct administration of medication, including injections, and monitor the results of treatment
- Respond to distressed patients in a non-threatening manner and attempt to understand the source of their discomfort
- Help patients manage their emotions through de-escalation techniques
- Prepare and participate in-group and/or one-to-one therapy sessions, both individually and with other health professionals
- Provide evidence-based individual therapy, such as cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety
- Organise social events aimed at developing patients' social skills and help to reduce their feelings of isolation
- Prepare and maintain patient records and produce care plans and risk assessments
- Make sure that the legal requirements appropriate to a particular setting or group of patients are observed
- Work with patients' families and carers, to help to educate them and the patient about their mental health problems.
You will need to show:
- Excellent observational skills to assess patients and look out for signs of tension or anxiety
- Strength, stamina and physical fitness particularly if working in a hospital or secure residential unit
- Excellent communication skills for dealing with patients and their families
- The ability to stay calm and think quickly in challenging circumstances
- Emotional resilience and a non-judgemental approach
- Skill in decision making and time and stress management
- Empathy with patients and the situation they're in
- The ability to help others overcome social stigma related to mental health
You need to be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
Minimum of (2) years working experience is required.