What nursing course should I do?!?!?!

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hinghela
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My dream job would be helping adults or children with mental health. Particularly working for CAMHS or working in mental health institutions, or hospitals.
I don't want to be a psychiatrist, but more so a mental health nurse? I'm not sure what course I should do but I'm currently writing my personal statement and have my options for mental health nursing, for 2020 as I am taking a gap year.
I was wondering if there are any other options I haven't considered, whether I should just do a 'normal' nursing course like 'Adult Nursing' and then see if I could move on to mental health from there or if mental health nursing is my best bet.
(I know I might sound completely clueless, but that's because I really am)
Also any extra information from anybody that has or that knows someone who has taken Mental Health Nursing is much much appreciated!
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This probably won’t apply but I’ll tell you anyway in case it sounds like something your interested in. You could always look into doing a youth work course. They tend to work more with schools or colleges but the youth service I used to be involved with had very strong connections with local hospitals and mental health charities )
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(Original post by cath_slater)
This probably won’t apply but I’ll tell you anyway in case it sounds like something your interested in. You could always look into doing a youth work course. They tend to work more with schools or colleges but the youth service I used to be involved with had very strong connections with local hospitals and mental health charities )
I'll look into it, even if it's not for me, thank you
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You want to care for people’s mental health, it’s mental health nursing that fits with what you’ve said here.
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You should apply to be a nurse and you can choose your specialty. I chose mental health. The first year of the course taught general nursing but the placements I went on were focused on those with mental health issues, like a day centre for the elderly with dementia or a psychiatric hospital. Then you specialise in the second and third year. I did the diploma instead of the degree and it was a really interesting and fulfilling course though my university didn't seem all that interested in actively supporting the nursing students, not sure why.
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