A Career as a Registered Mental Health Nurse

A Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), also known as a Psychiatric Nurse or Mental Health Nurse, is a specialist nurse who has been trained to support patients with emotional and mental health issues, as well as their families and communities. They have strong interpersonal skills and a special interest in helping patients who are experiencing depressive disorders, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, substance abuse issues and psycho-sexual problems. RMNs work with all age groups across a variety of settings including acute hospitals, community services, substance misuse and learning disability services, primary care, prisons and private psychiatric facilities. They will often work as part of a multidisciplinary team including psychiatrists, psychologists, and other doctors. They diagnose patients with complex mental health problems, provide treatment plans and offer support and information to the patient and their families to meet each patients individualised needs.

The Job Role

  • Develop treatment plans that will ensure patient health and assist in recovery.
  • Maintain health records, complete patient assessments, and order and interpret diagnostic tests.
  • Always preserve strict patient confidentiality.
  • Identify situations that may arise and respond appropriately.
  • Coordinate with other professional therapists and social workers to provide the best care for each patient.

Skills & Experience

  • Be registered as a Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Experience in assisting with discharge planning and facilitate referrals to community resources.
  • Confident in monitoring progress and modifying treatment plans as needed to ensure goals are achieved.
  • Proficient in establishing and maintaining effective communication with patients to understand and fulfil their needs.
  • Established knowledge of nursing process, theories, and practices.