Registered Mental Health Nurse – RGN
Mental health nurses are responsible for planning and providing support, medical and nursing care to people in hospitals, at home, or in other settings who are suffering from mental illness.
TYPICAL DUTIES OF THE JOB INCLUDE
- Assessing and planning nursing care requirements
- Organising workloads
- Building relationships with, reassuring, listening and talking to patients
- Combating stigma and helping patients and their families deal with it
- Administering medication
- Agreeing and reviewing care plans and monitoring progress
- Giving advice and arranging support for patients, relatives and carers
- Liaising with doctors, social workers and other professionals
- Assessing treatment success at case conferences and meetings
- Writing and updating patient records
TYPICAL EMPLOYERS OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSES
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING REQUIRED
To qualify as a mental health nurse, you must successfully complete a three to a four-year degree course. Graduates with a degree in a relevant subject such as life, health, biological or social sciences can qualify via a shortened two-year postgraduate diploma course.