A Mental Health Nurse, working in Psychiatric Intensive Care since graduating in 2015. Currently employed as a Charge Nurse and Learning Disabilities lead on her ward. Abby has experienced work on an acute female ward and is also a Makaton signer.
Mental health nurses care for people with a wide range of mental health issues. Is enough done to support RMNs themselves from mental health stress?
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Mental health nursing is not very well understood by those outside the profession. Helping to treat, care and support mental health illness requires skills and an approach unique to RMNs.
Mental health services are under severe pressure due to deep issues with recruitment and retention. Listen to nurses, and we can learn what we need to do.
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Nursing has become a heavily paperwork and deadline orientated job, with a lack of contact with patients. Nursing has become, in short, much more of a desk job.