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Mental Health Nurse

Work with patients to focus on their psychological and emotional health and wellbeing.

What's it like to be a Mental Health Nurse?

A Mental Health Nurse is a specialist nurse who predominantly focuses on patients and clients’ psychological wellbeing and emotional health.

Mental Health Nurse

Tasks and duties

  • Provide medical and some psychological support to clients who have mental health issues or who are in distress to help them learn to manage their symptoms and understand their condition.
  • Observe and assess clients in order to provide information, education and care to individuals, their families and other health professionals.
  • Advocate for clients in order to promote their rights, responsibilities and psychological wellbeing.
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Mental Health Nurses work across various clinical, service and forensic settings, including hospitals, community health centres, inpatient care facilities and crisis intervention.

Mental Health Nurses commonly provide support to clients who have conditions such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

What can I earn as a Mental Health Nurse?

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Mental Health Nurse roles in AUS were typically advertised between $80k and $100k over the last 3 months.
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How to become a Mental Health Nurse


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Those with an undergraduate degree in nursing can work in most mental health settings, however to practise as a specialist Mental Health Nurse, postgraduate qualifications are required.

  1. Ensure you are eligible to practice as a Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse in Australia. Complete a further qualification specialising in mental health or a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing. Alternatively, complete a Master of Mental Health in nursing.
  2. Mental Health Nurses who want to progress their career can apply for advanced clinical positions (such as Clinical Nurse Consultant or Nurse Practitioner). There is also the option of working in education, research or management.

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Latest Mental Health Nurse reviews

Latest reviews from 11 Mental Health Nurses surveyed on SEEK
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Feb 2019
Nursing can be challenging and it sometimes pushes you to the edge but you're seldom bored.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Detention Health
The good things
On a practical level, you'll never have to be afraid of being out of work. At times all you can do is just listen to someone or be just 'be' with them and that might not seem much. If it makes your pa...
The challenges
It very much depends on the area you work in. In my area supporting peopleI in an often seemingly hopeless situation can be very difficult.
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May 2021
Rewarding and challenging at the same time
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Mental Health Nursing
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Acute mental health
The good things
Its a rewarding career as you sit with consumers, listen to their stories and help them Deal with their issues to help them achieve a better life.
The challenges
Sometimes its just so u prefictable and the risk of assaults is challenging
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