Mental Health Nursing Degree

Mental illness is present in many people’s everyday life and affects at least one in four people in the UK alone. Mental health nurses are there to help patients through their mental illnesses and provide them with support to aid this recovery.

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Those students wishing to become mental health nurses must undertake a mental health nursing degree. Most mental health nursing degrees are undergraduate courses and last for around three years of full time study. In some cases, universities will offer nursing graduates the option to study a one year postgraduate degree in mental health nursing, to allow students to specialise in one area of nursing.Most mental health nursing degrees will be structured so that half of the students’ time is spent at the university learning, and the other half is spent on a working placement. Throughout the course, students will study a range of key concepts such as foundations of nursing, public health, team working, and quality improvement and health sciences.
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Entry Requirements for Degrees in Mental Health Nursing

Entry requirements to a mental health nursing degree will vary depending on the institution you are applying to. Entrance to an undergraduate degree will generally require certain grades obtained from school or college exams, alongside a letter of intent to support your application. For those wishing to study a postgraduate mental health nursing degree, you will almost always need an undergraduate degree in a related field of study.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may want to consider a pathway course.

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Career Options

Most graduates from mental health nursing degree programs will choose to work directly in the field as a mental health nurse. However, throughout the degree program students will gain many transferable skills that can be used in the world of nursing and public health. Those that choose to work directly in the field can gain job roles at psychiatric hospitals, in healthcare services, at community mental health agencies and in private practices. The general duties a mental health nurse will have is evaluating patients mental health needs, develop and evaluate treatment plans, deliver psychotherapy, provide support and prescribe medication.

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