If you are interested in becoming a mental health nurse, it helps if you have studied some biology and/or psychology at A-level, although this is not always essential. You will later need to study a degree in Mental Health Nursing, which could be a three-year undergraduate nursing course (BSc) .
Once you have passed your degree course, you will need to get registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
It terms of skills, it’s important for you to be emphatic and curious, with a real interest in finding out about people. You also need to be resilient and adaptable, as well as creative and able to think differently in order to solve problems.
As a mental health nurse, there are opportunities to work in a wide range of different settings and areas, including:
- liaison psychiatry
- community nursing
- school nursing.
There are also opportunities to work in research and teaching positions, such as on university Mental Health courses, as well as in management roles.
If you’re interested in working as a mental health nurse, it’s good to get a bit of life experience and get to know people who are vulnerable or living in different conditions. This could be through travelling, volunteering or working as a healthcare assistant.