Mental Health Nurse

What do they do?

Mental health nurses support individuals suffering from a variety of mental health conditions. They could work with a variety of people, or specialise and work with a particular group, like adolescents. Their day-to-day duties include assessing and talking to patients about health problems and care, advising and participating in therapies or social activities, administering medication, encouraging patients to take part in role play, art, drama and discussion.

They promote and support a person’s recovery and enable them to have more involvement and control over their condition. Mental Health Nurses work with emotionally distressed individuals who may exhibit challenging behaviour

What makes a great Mental Health Nurse?

  • Excellent observation skills
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • The ability to gain someone’s trust
  • The ability to empathise with others and have the ability to relate to people
  • The ability to stay calm and controlled in difficult or stressful situations
  • The ability to be assertive

What do you need?

  • You will need a minimum of 5 GCSE’s to include Maths and English Language and a minimum of 3 A Level’s, preferably including Biology and other science based subjects such as psychology, chemistry and sociology.
  • You will then need to complete a degree in Mental Health Nursing or a nursing degree plus a Masters in Mental Health Nursing, which can be studied on the Isle of Man.
  • Each university sets its own entry requirements so it's essential that you check each one to see what their requirements are.

What Manx Care can offer you:

The salary for a newly qualified Mental Health Nurse starts at £31,500 with the potential to increase to over £60,000 for more senior posts. The role attracts a competitive annual leave entitlement and a large variety of support will be provided to help your development and learning.

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