Today is national mental health nurses day so I thought I’d do a little blog post about why I love Mental Health Nursing.
Mental health nursing is humbling, challenging but also extremely rewarding. Every day I feel privileged to be able to call myself a mental health nursing student, privileged that patients allow me to be part of their recovery journey.
I love mental health nursing because its more than telling someone what they need to do. It’s about working with a patient to figure out solutions that work for them and their life together. It’s about empowering patients to have a voice that some may never have had. It’s about supporting a patient in all aspects of their health: social, spiritual, physical and emotional.
This Mental health nursing degree has allowed me to do things I never thought I would. By 21 years old I’ve had placements not only in mental health wards and community teams but also in courts, jails, police stations and A&E. I’ve worked with the homeless community and with drug users as well as patients with mental illness such as dementia, psychosis and eating disorders.
I’ve met both mental health nurses and patients that completely inspire me. I love Mental health nursing because in 6 months time when I qualify I’ll be going into a job where I can have a real impact on individuals and society. I’ll have such a variety of different career routes that I can choose to presue and skills that I’ve learnt that I can carry with me for the rest of my life.
Mental health nursing is honestly amazing!
Why do you love nursing?