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.
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.
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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How to become a Mental Health Nurse
- 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.
- 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.