What Is a Mental Health Nurse?
What Does a Mental Health Nurse Do?
A Mental Health Nurse is a registered nurse with specialist training in mental health nursing. They provide support, planning, medical and nursing care to people who have a range of mental health issues.
Usually based in psychiatric or specialist departments of hospitals, in the community or in patients homes, a Mental Health Nurse will often be working as part of a wider team of professional and medical staff.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Mental Health Nurse?
Mental Health Nurses often work as part of a wider team of professional and medical staff such as Social Workers and Doctors to support and promote the recovery of mental health patients.
It is key for Mental Health Nurses to build relationships with those who use mental health services and their families, and constantly expand on their knowledge to be able to recommend a variety of community resources for patients and families to use.
The main responsibilities of a Mental Health Nurse include:
- Building relationships.
- Supporting and promoting the recovery of patients.
- Providing one to one or group therapy sessions for patients.
- Carrying out risk assessments.
- Visiting patients at home or in the community.
- Delivering high quality care.
- Ensuring medications are administered correctly.
- Maintaining and preparing patient records.
- Planning and assessing nursing care requirements.
- Liaise with other professional and medical staff.
- Ensuring all legal requirements are observed.
- Building up knowledge.
- Helping patients manage their emotions.
- Attending meetings and training courses when requested.
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