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    I can't decide which course I would rather apply for.

    My family have all tried pushing me into adult nursing (which they are all either studying or have degrees in), but having (and still) suffering MH problems, I feel I might enjoy studying MH more (having experience and being generally interested into MH) I have done research into both courses and still can't make a decision, and UCAS deadlines are slowly creeping up.

    Does anyone have any help or advice on either course? Is anyone currently studying either of the courses and can give me some insights into the course?

    Thanks!
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    Hey,

    I'm a third year student nurse studying within the adult branch and the first thing i'd say is that there both completely different types of nursing. I was in the same position as you 3 years ago and wasn't sure, so I picked adult nursing. And i'm glad I did! There's so many work opportunities out there once you qualify and you can branch into many different areas on nursing. The benefit is that you'll also be looking after the mental health side of patients too depending on the area you work in. But to be honest wherever you work there will always be people requiring support with their mental health.

    I don't know too much about mental health nursing but with adult you can work in emergency care, trauma, neurology, cardiac units, rehabilitation units... the list is endless! Adult nurses get to work in a variety of settings too, hospitals, community, prisons, clinics, travel nursing, operating room. Again many different areas. You said you've done research so i'm sure you know all this anyway!

    Adult nursing is such a rewarding job I promise you that!
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    (Original post by EmmaT01)
    Hey,

    I'm a third year student nurse studying within the adult branch and the first thing i'd say is that there both completely different types of nursing. I was in the same position as you 3 years ago and wasn't sure, so I picked adult nursing. And i'm glad I did! There's so many work opportunities out there once you qualify and you can branch into many different areas on nursing. The benefit is that you'll also be looking after the mental health side of patients too depending on the area you work in. But to be honest wherever you work there will always be people requiring support with their mental health.

    I don't know too much about mental health nursing but with adult you can work in emergency care, trauma, neurology, cardiac units, rehabilitation units... the list is endless! Adult nurses get to work in a variety of settings too, hospitals, community, prisons, clinics, travel nursing, operating room. Again many different areas. You said you've done research so i'm sure you know all this anyway!

    Adult nursing is such a rewarding job I promise you that!

    Hey, thanks for the reply!
    You said there's a bit of mental health to adult nursing too, would you say it's a fair look into it or more a very brief look?

    My other plan was an undergraduate in adult nursing, then a postgraduate in MH if I felt I'd done the wrong course. If I could however choose one now, it would potentially save two years (probably a massive help, not being the most academically smart person)

    One thing I also didn't know is that you can work in prisons! I always thought that people from prisons were brought into hospitals to receive treatment, so that's an interesting point to add to my research!
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    its very little.if mh nursing interests you do it. but remember its a very stress full job.if you dont mind and want a wide opportunity of roles adult is excellent. whichever you choose well done on your choice. we are third generation nurses and thou its expected to do it you must really want to
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    (Original post by kokugatsuu)
    Hey, thanks for the reply!
    You said there's a bit of mental health to adult nursing too, would you say it's a fair look into it or more a very brief look?

    My other plan was an undergraduate in adult nursing, then a postgraduate in MH if I felt I'd done the wrong course. If I could however choose one now, it would potentially save two years (probably a massive help, not being the most academically smart person)

    One thing I also didn't know is that you can work in prisons! I always thought that people from prisons were brought into hospitals to receive treatment, so that's an interesting point to add to my research!
    Hello again, so I've had quite a variety of placements from community, clinics to hospital settings and I've always experienced looking after patients mental health along with their physical. I had a placement on a intensive care unit where patients had been there months, you really get to know them and ensuring their mental health is stable is a really important part to getting them physically better. But i'd say there's quite a brief look into mental health nursing within the adult nursing branch.

    In university you'll have some mental health modules depending where you go to, but alot of the experience you get will be within placement.
    My self personally I've had more of a deeper look into mental health within my own time, to ensure that when i'm looking after a patient I can offer them as much as possible.

    And nope there are nurses who work in prisons, would be an interesting job right! As an adult nurse A&E would be a great area to work in as you'd be looking after many patients with mental health needs there.

    Bear in mind if you begin a course and don't like it, some universities allow students to swap over to another. But your best emailing to uni and asking if they do that.

    Have a read of this nursing times post see if there's anything helpful there

    https://www.nursingtimes.net/student...042421.article

    Personally I'd still recommend starting adult nursing, due to the variety of areas you can work
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    emma that is not always possible. it is variable per uni. and if there are spaces. i would not enter one branch and plan on switching.
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    Hi There, I just want to stick up for Mental Health Nursing and say there is a variety of different areas to practice within psychiatry too! Personally I think who cares what your family want you to do, it’s your career! You could work in:

    Inpatient settings: CAMHS, working age, older adult – functional or dementia, forensic (low, med & high secure), rehab, specialist (e.g. Personality disorders or eating disorders), Mother & baby units, Learning Disabilities, addictions/alcohol detox.

    Other settings I can think of off the top of my head: Crisis teams, Community mental health teams, Single Point of Access (Assessing new referrals to secondary services and Triaging/delegating), Early Intervention in Psychosis, Memory Clinics, Community CAMHS, ADHD services, Autism/ASD services, Psychiatry liaison (assessing patients in general hospitals and A&E), ECT clinics, Prisons (they employ a lot of RMNs too!), Criminal Liaison (assessing patients in custody), Forensic Community, Dementia nursing homes, Learning disability community, Drug & Alcohol community, AMHPs (involved in detaining people), Talking therapies, Occupational Health, Ministry of Defence, Veterans health, Perinatal MH, Primary Care (in GP’s and integrated care teams), uni wellbeing centres, school councillor, crisis lines, crisis ‘cafes’, MH charities, teaching/lecturing, Research, MH law, Leadership roles, Bed Management, Street triage (work closely with police) and there are also a very small number of opportunities in the police force and ambulance service.

    The only thing is I would guess that it may be easier to convert from adult to mental health than the other way around (as it is more common). I think it’s usually an 18 month transition but I’d suggest researching this. If you were to do this the background physical health would make you a very good MH nurse (although you wouldn’t be paid any extra).

    I don’t know what experience you have but would it be possible for you to do volunteering or paid work in either sector to get a feel for what you like? Or even just visit for a day and speak to some of the people there? I would highly recommend this – mental health nursing has a high drop out rate partly due to students not knowing what they are signing up for! Mental Health Nursing is quite different from adult/child. IMO if your 17/18 I think it’s best to spend a year working within health care to gain experience before going to uni anyway – what’s the rush?

    At my uni in our first year was the same for all fields apart from placement and we did have the opportunity to switch at the end of the year. We learnt the same A+P and basic patient care. Other unis personalise the first year towards the course, and like paulbarlow said above even if it is the same switching is subject to places. Although now I do some physical health within my working age inpatient mental health setting, this is very limited and if anything is out of the normal range I just call the on duty doctor or send the service user to A&E. Working on older adults wards or in nursing homes may include slightly more physical health nursing.

    I love working in mental health and am really glad I chose this career
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    Hi,
    I've just started mental health nursing and I was in the same situation as you, I was going to do adult nursing and do a masters in mental health but after some hard thinking I decided to persue Mental Health, it's so rewarding but that's with any field of nursing. I do feel as though you still get a wide range of opportunities with MH as you do adult, you can go into eating disorders, drug and alcohol, A and E you never know who could be walking through that door they may want a specially trained nurse, the possibilites are endless. Like turbo tub said, you have a lot of different area's you can go into. I think MH nursing is a lot more interesting your finding out all these new things, the job is a lot more challening I think of it as taken an injection from someone without MH may not be tricky but as soon as you give an injection to someone with something like dementia it becomes tricky but none the less it's really rewarding. Also with adult nursing your stuck with people over 18 where as with MH you work with people from all ages going through different stages of life which makes the job better.
 
 
 
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