mental health nursing degreeWatch
im looking for more detail into what a mental health nursing degree involves. Is it more to do with nursing and personal care or is it the mental health side that you study and learn more about?
I have a couple friends studying mental health nursing (and I’ve also applied for mental health nursing myself!), and from what I’ve heard, the first year you learn general nursing care etc, along with the nurses from other branches as you all learn the same fundamental nursing skills. Second year onwards the course is much more to do with the mental health side of things. There are some things mental health nurses won’t learn that adult nurses might, such as taking bloods. But you learn more specific stuff to your branch instead such as assessing risk etc hope that helps!
I would love to work in adolescent eating disorder inpatient! But I’m open to other areas as I’m sure I’ll find other areas I really enjoy on placement.
What is it about psychology that you enjoy? And what kind of area/job are you looking for in the future? I assume something to do with mental health?
Psychology is very interesting but I know you have to do further training to be a psychologist, plus the competition is higher for psychology degrees as opposed to mental health nursing. I think mental health nursing is one of the least competitive areas of nursing to go into (adult and child nursing are very popular). But I believe you’re less limited with a psychology degree as to what you can do with it! With a mental health nursing degree you can only really become a mental health nurse.