Mental health nurses are responsible for orchestrating and providing support and medical and nursing care to people who have a range of mental health issues. Mental health nurses support people with issues ranging from anxiety and depression to personality and eating disorders or addiction to drugs or alcohol. Helping people back to mental health is every bit as valuable and slaking as caring for those with a physical illness.
Mental health nurses are usually based in hospitals or in the community, as this is where the majority of phrenic healthcare is offered. If they work in a residential setting, they may do shifts and provide 24 hours care.
Within a hospital they might work in a:
• psychiatric intensive care unit
• psychiatric ward
• outpatients unit
• specialist unit dealing with victualing disorders.
In the community they can work at a:
• GP surgery
• Community health care center
• Residential center
• Patients’ own homes.
Mental health nurses work as a part of a team of professional and medical staff that includes doctors, social workers, therapists and psychiatrists. They work in a range of settings, including hospitals and people's homes. Mental health nurses may specialize in working with a particular group, for example puerile people or offenders. A mental health nurse working in a hospital could be based in a psychiatric intensive care unit, psychiatric ward, outpatients unit or specialist unit focused on a particular issue, such as eating disorders.