As many of you in the profession will already know (or at least be beginning to suspect) the only people who really understand what it is like to be a mental health nurse are other mental health nurses.
With this in mind, we thought who better to turn to for advice and personal life experience than a selection of experienced nursing professionals working in the mental health world.
Here we have gathered together 5 of the most compelling personal accounts from this unique and challenging profession which should help you overcome your own challenges, get another person’s perspective on the job, or at least dispel that feeling that no one else understands the challenges you are going through.
Paula’s account on Change.org is unique in that she has experienced mental health nursing from both sides – as a nurse and as a patient – her account here is both compelling and inspirational:
This regular blog from a mental health nursing student describing her placement is extremely informative, highlighting both the stresses and the rewards of this challenging course, and what it is like to face this type of workplace for the first time as a young student:
The following article has become very popular on BlogSpot because it simply sums up a collection of extremely useful pieces of advice for handling patients for all mental healthcare professionals. The Author titled it simply: “20 Commandments for Mental Health Workers“
This fantastic article by Adam Roxley, himself a mental health nurse, challenges the stigma of mental health issues, both for sufferers and their carers, in this excellently written article – “Why are we so Scared of Mental Health”
This final regular blog is again by someone with the unique twin perspectives of RMN and mental health patient. This 32 year old registered mental nurse has recently been given a diagnosis of acute bipolar disorder and writes on her journey of understanding from her new perspective as patient rather than practitioner.
If you would like to share your own experiences of mental health nursing in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.
Alternatively, if you have any articles, blogs or writers on mental health nursing which you would like to add to this list, just add the details in the comments below.