I WISH ONE, AT LEAST OF MY NURSES HAD BETTER SKILLS IN THESE AREAS!
Would you make a good mental health nurse?
Good mental health nurses need at least:
- Excellent Knowledge of Mental Health problems and how to apply it in practice. It’s no good just reading articles, books, leaflets or patient notes. You need to be in the thick of things, working with patients and colleagues, asking relevant questions, asking for and accepting help where necessary, putting all your theoretical knowledge safely into practice in order to support a patient. You need to use your knowledge of a patient to be able to effectively handover to and liaise with the multi-disciplinary teams, families and carers in order to provide continuity of care.
- Empathy and the ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds. Nurses need the ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, walk a mile in someone’s shoes, to see what…
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