Mental Health Nursing: a Profession in Demand

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A mental health nurse is a nurse who specialises in caring for people who are experiencing mental illness or distress or who are recovering from trauma. They may care for people with conditions such as depression, perinatal mental health conditions, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders and psychosis.

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Mental health nurses aim to improve the quality of life of patients living with mental illness. In addition to assisting with mental health management, this care may also extend to addressing a person’s physical, social, cultural and spiritual needs.


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Jane Richardson
21 Apr 2021
Clear and concise, good information
Charlene Walker
28 May 2023
Enrolled Nurse
This resource was informative.
Carolyn Daly
01 Feb 2023
Registered Nurse
Good introduction to this complex area of nursing.
Barbara hattam
28 May 2021
interesting read
Debbie Robertson
23 Apr 2021
This resource was broad but made easy to comprehend.
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Angela Predic
20 Apr 2021
Lynne Trevis
10 Mar 2023
Very informative
Dorothy Shanks
23 Jan 2020
Good to know of a possible area we could specialise in
Phoebe Lie
21 Jan 2023
Good read!
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Alejandro Ruiz
13 Apr 2020
Very good article.
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