• 07 August 2018
  • 4 min read

Laura Woods - Mental Health Nurse

  • Laura Woods
    Nurse Consultant Forensic Health Care Services

Laura is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with 11 years post qualifying experience.

After working in Psychiatric Intensive Care for 8 years she moved to a Nurse Manager post in prison.

She then gained a MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry.

She has worked as a Matron and is currently in post as a Nurse Consultant.

She shares information on Community Nursing, Nurse Prescribing, Prison Nursing and Forensic Mental Health.

20 Most Important Tips For New Prison Nurses

Tip 9: Remember, prisoners are YOUR patients. Laura, gives an exhaustive run down of tips for Nurses beginning a career in Prison.

Things You Should Know Before Becoming A Prison Nurse

To succeed as a Prison Nurse, it’s important to get out of the hospital mindset. Former Prison Nurse, Laura, lays out several points to consider for anyone looking to work in this sector.

How To Become A Prison Nurse

Drawing from her own experience, Nurse Consultant, Laura, examines what kind of person can be a Prison Nurse, and how. Understanding and viewing the prison population with empathy is key.

Band 6 Nurse Job Interviews: 5 Common Questions And How To Answer Them

A Nurse Consultant offers a full guide and tips for all Band 5 nurses looking to succeed in an interview for a Band 6 job, including full answers to 5 of the most common Band 6 interview questions.

Covid-19 - March 2020 has been the most challenging time in my Mental Health Nursing career

Laura discusses how the mental health service is changing in the face of the current pandemic, and the impact its having on her own mental health.

What does a Nurse Consultant do and how you can become one

Laura studied for her Masters (MSc) to become a Nurse Consultant while working as a Charge Nurse. Here she explains how you can develop your career and describes what a Nurse Consultant job means.

Why I became an Independent Nurse Prescriber

Laura recently embarked on a journey to becoming a Nurse Prescriber - she shares why she chose this pathway in this blog!

A guide to Community Mental Health Nursing

How does mental health nursing differ in the community compared to the hospital environment? Laura gives us an insight into working in the community in this blog.

What does a Mental Health Nurse do?

In this very insightful piece, find out what it takes to be a Mental Health Nurse and what you can expect from your role as one.

What is Forensic Mental Health, and how did I end up working in it?

Laura works in Forensic Mental Health. In this blog, she explains the whats, the whys and the hows of what it involves and how she got into it.

What to expect from your job as a prison nurse

Ever wondered what it's like to work as a prison nurse? Is it dangerous? Does it vary from working in a hospital? Prison nurse, Laura Woods, tells us about her job.

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  • Laura Woods
    Nurse Consultant Forensic Health Care Services

Registered Mental Health Nurse with 11 years experience. Worked in Psychiatric Intensive Care for 8 years. Moved to a Nurse Manager role within the prison service. Gained a MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry then worked as a Matron within the prison service and secure forensic mental health hospital. I’m now a Nurse Consultant for Forensic Mental health, am a non-medical independent prescriber. Currently training to be an Approved Clinician

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  • Laura Woods
    Nurse Consultant Forensic Health Care Services

Registered Mental Health Nurse with 11 years experience. Worked in Psychiatric Intensive Care for 8 years. Moved to a Nurse Manager role within the prison service. Gained a MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry then worked as a Matron within the prison service and secure forensic mental health hospital. I’m now a Nurse Consultant for Forensic Mental health, am a non-medical independent prescriber. Currently training to be an Approved Clinician

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