Mental Health Nurse - Main duties and responsibilities
Throughout my three years of training l have worked in a variety of mental health settings gaining experience in acute, community, rehabilitation, continuing care, elderly mental ill and forensic mental health settings.
l have developed clinical skills in observation and monitoring of service user’s mental health states and possible side effects of medications. l have also learnt how to engage service users in order to build effective and therapeutic relationships through the use of communication and interpersonal skills. I have been involved in the assessment of service-users’ mental health problems and the subsequent planning and implementation of treatment plans together with their evaluation. l have been able to actively participate in dispensing service user’s medication, under supervision. I have come to recognise the importance of providing service users with information and advice regarding medication, health education and health promotion as a means by which service users can become more actively involved in their treatment plans.
I have a sound knowledge of the NMC Code of Professional Practice (2015), the Mental Health Act (1983) and associated legislation relevant to contemporary mental health practice. l have built effective and respectful working relationships with other members of the multi-disciplinary team. I maintain comprehensive and accurate record keeping in my work.
Over the course of my training I have been able to identify and use many opportunities for self-development and reflective practice and I look forward with enthusiasm to developing further professionally as a qualified RMN.
Leisure interests and activities relevant to the job
l have always been a keen student and I relish the academic aspects of my training and thus value the importance of developing evidence based practice r'n the nursing profession. I enjoy taking a leadership role and was a class delegate for my course in my first year. I have also worked in a voluntary capacity with rough sleepers and homeless clients many of who suffered from mental illness. This gave me experience in methods of engaging and motivating clients in challenging circumstances.
I am bi-lingual, speaking both English and French fluently which has been of additional assistance with some service users for whom English is not their first language. Having lived in two different cultures and travelled widely I feel that I relate to others in a manner that is respectful and takes account of different social, cultural and ethnic influences.
My hobbies include current affairs, playing and watching football and spending time with friends and family. These activities help me to manage my stress levels and cope with pressure when the need arises. I also try to maintain a good sense of humour and a pragmatic and philosophical approach to life. My strengths include patience and I consider myself to be fundamentally good natured.
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