14 May 2019

What does a mental health nurse do?

It's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is taking place from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May 2019. 

Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. It has been run by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001.

At Newcross, we hire mental health nurses to support us in caring for service users throughout the UK. Mental health nurses form a crucial part of our nursing structure at Newcross Healthcare. Let's take a look at how you can begin your careers as a Newcross mental health nurse...

'Mental health refers to a person’s cognitive and emotional wellbeing. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the United Kingdom will have a mental health problem during their lives.' - RCN.

What is a mental health nurse? 

Mental health nurses assist in promoting and supporting a person’s recovery and enabling them to have more involvement and control over their condition. They typically support people with mental health issues ranging from anxiety and depression to personality and eating disorders or addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Mental health problems are often hidden from view unlike many physical illnesses and so a nurse may visit a person at home to help that person to get back on track with family life, their career and aims. 

How do I become a mental health nurse? 

To begin your career in mental health nursing, you will need to complete a degree in nursing approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. A mental health nurse has to be sympathetic and non-judgmental, and you will need to be able to gain a patient's trust as well as manage emotional situations.

For more information on how you can sign up to study for a mental health nursing degree, check out the UCAS website

What are the responsibilities of a mental health nurse? 

The role of a mental health nurse (RMN) will vary from service user to service user dependent on their condition and individual needs. 

  • Assessing and supporting service users
  • Encouraging patients to take part in therapies like role play, art, drama, and discussion
  • Assisting with physical care in some circumstances
  • Administering Medication

Newcross mental health nurse jobs are based mostly in nursing homes that specialise in the care of the elderly with dementia. However, we also have positions within the community, in private hospitals and in secure environments such as prisons. 

Working as a mental health nurse for Newcross you can choose the hours you want to work and can fit your job around family or personal needs. We offer both full time and part time hours, with the added benefit of a permanent contract.

What are the benefits of working at a mental health nurse for Newcross? 

  • Excellent rates of pay, plus holiday pay on top of your hourly rate

  • Flexi Pay - a same day payment app feature 

  • Cost of Criminal record check refunded automatically after an initial period in the job
  • A permanent contract that provides guaranteed hours but is also flexible enough to fit around your lifestyle
  • Free training and uniform earned via our Newcross credits scheme
  • £500 bonus if someone you recommend joins the Newcross team via our Recommend a Friend scheme
  • 24/7 support

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Watch our video below to find out why you should join Newcross in one of our nursing roles... 

If you share our dedication to personalised care that enhances the quality of life, please check out our available mental health nurse jobs here.