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    What are the pros and cons of working in Mental Health Nursing
    I've only started my training recently so to be honest i couldnt think of many cons personally but i guess from a general sense:

    Pros (i could go on forever here:P)

    You get to work with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds (your registration would enable you to work with both adults and children where as other fields except LD dont)
    You can work in a wide range of settings; community, addictions services, prisons, out-patients, in-patients, nursing homes and many more.
    There's many different things you can do post grad to get extra qualifications (there's plenty of masters available) and you can become trained in CBT and some other "talking therapies".
    Something as simple as a therapeutic conversation you have can make a massive impact a service users life.

    Cons (now none of these personally i ve ever seen as things i don't like so this is just a general things off the top of my head that other people might say).

    There can be a lot of legalities involved, such as making decisions about service users capacities (something which might not be something everyone would be comfortable with doing).

    I suppose if you're thinking in comparison to say adult or child nursing, you do learn less clinical/ practical skills but then you learn all the basics anyway (obs, emptying cathers, injections, personal care, aseptic technique in 1st year, there's probably more i cant think of right now).

    Then there's the classic things which people could say like pays and hours and working conditions in general which is quite subjective and to me those have never really put me off as personally i see 22k+ as enough to be comfortable on and there's scope for progression into many things anyway.

    If you have more specific questions about mental health nursing let me know and i ll do my best to answer them
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