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
- 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
Medway is made up of the towns of Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Rochester and Strood. Chatham is the commercial centre of Medway and Rochester is home to many tourist attractions including a Castle and Cathedral. The area is also famous for its links to the author Charles Dickens, who is celebrated annually at the Dickens Festival.
In terms of employment opportunities, there are over 8000 businesses in Medway, with 13% of these hiring more than 50 employees - this is much higher than the national average of 2%. The unemployment rate is 3.9% which is lower than the national average. Construction and Scientific & Technical are the biggest industries in Medway.