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Health & Social Care

The role of a Mental Health Nurse

Mental health nurses provide support and nursing care to people with a range of mental health issues, you are responsible for planning their care and rehabilitation. You will work with a wider team of healthcare professionals including Doctors, Psychiatrists and Therapists to ensure a personal care plan is in place for your patients. You may work in a range of settings including hospitals, prisons, specialist units, day care centres or people's homes.

The duties of a Mental Health Nurse

  • building relationships with, reassuring, listening and talking to patients
  • care requirement assessments and planning
  • combating stigma and helping patients and their families deal with it
  • administering medication
  • reviewing care plans and monitoring progress
  • giving advice and arranging support for patients, relatives and carers
  • liaising with doctors, social workers and other professionals
  • writing and updating patient records
  • encouraging patients to take part in therapeutic activities such as art and role play

Skills and experience required to be a Mental Health Nurse

At Swanstaff all of our Nursing staff must be registered with the NMC and hold a current valid PIN number. We also ask that you have at least 6 months recent experience in the UK. Other key skills for a Mental Health Nurse include:
  • Good health and fitness
  • The ability to empathise with people
  • Good understanding of the theories of mental health and illness
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Resilience
  • Stamina

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