The Med Shed

Mental Health Nurse

THE WORKING DAY

You work in the community and spend the morning visiting people’s homes in the towns and villages of East Yorkshire. You involve families and other healthcare workers to make the best plans to care for someone involving talking treatments, medicines or lots of other therapies.

You encourage people to talk about how they feel because you know people need to feel comfortable talking about their mental health without feeling guilty or ashamed.

In the afternoon, you visit someone who needed to be admitted to hospital for a short time. You talk to your fellow nurses on the wards looking after this person, discussing how you can all work together to enable them to continue their recovery at home with their family as soon as possible.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You love working with people and can remain calm when helping people who are upset or distressed. You’re a great communicator and easily make people feel comfortable. You’re mature and practical and enjoy working as part of a team. You work well under pressure and can carry out many tasks at once without getting stressed.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’ll need to do a degree level qualification to be a nurse so will usually need a minimum of five GCSEs (typically including maths, English language or literature and a science subject) at grades 5/4 (C) or above or equivalent level 2 qualification, then go on to take at least two A-Levels (eg including a subject like human biology, psychology or sociology) or equivalent level 3 qualification such as a BTEC or apprenticeship.

After A-Levels, you’ll need to go to university to do an approved full-time degree in nursing or apply for a nursing degree apprenticeship.

Nursing degree apprenticeships are available in some parts of the country, and you’ll usually need the same level of GCSEs and A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.