Nursing (Mental Health)
Mental health nursing is a valued, challenging and rewarding career. Our program provides you with the skills and knowledge to become a registered mental health nurse over three years and offers you the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives; a value that few other professions can offer.
Mental health nurses offer help and support to people of all ages, their families and carers to support recovery from a wide range variety of mental health conditions. The role is diverse; you might help one person to begin to understand their experience of disorder while engaging another about relevant therapies that can help with their Recovery. Mental health care can be offered in a variety of situations including hospitals, homes and community settings. Whilst the key role of the mental health nurse is to form therapeutic relationships it is imperative that they are also able to provide holistic and recovery focused-care, key principles and skills that we develop through our program.
While you will specialise in mental health nursing from the start of the course the integrated nature of teaching means you will learn with those studying children’s nursing and adult nursing. Sharing ideas between disciplines will broaden your perspective on health care and help to sharpen your focus on your own field.
By fully engaging with this degree you will develop your therapeutic skills and strategies, skills for holistic and dignified patient care, awareness of diversity issues, and the opportunity to investigate strategies for tackling stigma and promoting social inclusion. This will enable you to deliver high quality nursing care in a rapidly changing environment.
You will be taught by motivated and knowledgeable lecturers in the field of mental health nursing who are influencing healthcare across Wales and beyond through engagement and research. This is demonstrated by our School receiving 1st place in the UK for research environment in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).
You will spend approximately 50% of your time on placement. We have close working relationships with varied service providers in Wales and your learning could take place both in hospitals and in the community. You will benefit from placements supported by experienced nursing educators to help support you in becoming the best nurse you can be. A varied placement experience undertaken at optimal times across the three years of the program will allow you to integrate academic theory with practice and gain insight as to the wide-ranging employment opportunities available to you upon qualification.
Making sure our course is the right one for you is important to us. We’ve put together additional suitability information to make sure you are fully informed of our program requirements.
This degree will lead to eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a mental health nurse. On qualification, you can work in a range of healthcare settings, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Above all else, we strive to ensure that our graduates are ready for the next step in their career and the many opportunities that await them. That’s why 100% of our mental health nursing students are in employment or further study after 6 months of graduating (UNISTATS).
We regret that this course is unable to accept applications from international fee-status applicants.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.
Typical A level offer
Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
- Tuition fees for the UK and EU students: £9,000
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’.
You will develop a professional attitude towards communication and interpersonal skills, partnership working and responsibility for professional development. Specific skills should include the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of quantitative and qualitative data, and apply the evidence to nursing practice. You should also become skilled in working independently, problem solving and making informed decisions.
The career options for mental health nurses are varied and plentiful.
Mental health nurses are usually based in hospitals or in the community, as this is where the majority of mental healthcare is offered. If you work in a residential setting, you may do shifts and provide 24-hour care.
Within a hospital you might work in a psychiatric intensive care unit, a psychiatric ward, an outpatients unit or a specialist unit dealing with eating disorders.
In the community you could work at a GP surgery, prison, community health care centre, residential centre or in patients’ own homes.
Types of Jobs:
- Mental Health nurse
- Advanced nurse practitioner
- Research nurse
- Ward manager
- Consultant nurse
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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