I thought I wanted to study mental health nursing. I haven't applied yet, but this year I've been working in a care home for people with dementia, and also volunteering with Samaritans, which involves talking people down from suicide and listening to their mental health and life problems. It occurs to me that I adore my volunteer work and that's the kind of job I want to be doing for a living. Working in the care home I love the parts where I talk to the residents and help them through their confusion, but the bulk of the job is medication, making beds, personal care for them. I've realised I'm much more interested and enjoy the talking side of things, and am very interested in psychology as a subject.
I'm 27 and I feel like I've left it all a bit late. I know it can take over six years to study psychotherapy. However a mental health nursing degree will take me three years and is more hands on. I suppose I want to know, with a mental health nursing degree how much will I learn about specific mental illnesses and how to help people with them? Will I be able to go into counselling straight from there? How much of mental health nursing is counselling, and are there parts of the job that include it? I just don't know if I want to work on wards like this long term. I prefer one on one with patients and really getting to talk to them and getting to know them.
Even more elitist than everyone thought?