Mental Health Nursing

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Mental Health Nursing resources page.

Here you will find out exactly what our academics are looking for in their students, including skills they look out for, some of the topics they want you to know, recommended reading and useful places to boost your knowledge.

So without further ado let's get started!

Skills we are looking for

  • Patience and understanding
  • Commitment to working within a recovery-based approach
  • Curiosity to learn about people and develop therapeutic relationships
  • Passion for supporting people living with mental health issues
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure

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Topics to explore before you start

  • The role of the mental health nurse
  • The impact of stigma on mental health
  • Recovery based approaches
  • An understanding of health and social care in the UK/NHS
  • Fundamental anatomy and physiology
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Recommended reading to prepare for university

  • Wright, M., McKeown, M. (2018). Essentials of Mental Health Nursing. Sage: London. ISBN: 1526447169.
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Programmes to know

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft  Teams
  • Zoom

Websites our academics recommend

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for mental health

Time to Change

Time to Change is a social movement to change the way people think and act about mental health problems.

Rethink Mental Illness

Providing the right support and information for people that are affected by severe mental illness to ensure they have a good quality of life.


Independent charity providing support people with mental health problems

Professional bodies to research

The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC):

The professional regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK, and nursing associates in England.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN):

The Royal College of Nursing is the world’s largest nursing union and professional body. They represent more than 450,000 nurses, student nurses, midwives and nursing support workers in the UK and internationally.

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Courses Herts offer

Interested in studying Mental Health Nursing here at Herts?

Take a look at our undergraduate course below:

Still deciding which Nursing discipline is right for you? Have a look at our other undergraduate Nursing courses below:

Did you know that there are new government grants available from September 2020 for both new and continuing degree-level Health Care students?

Find out more about the NHS Learning Support Fund

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Contact us

We hope you all found these resources useful but we appreciate that you may have more questions.

If you have any questions regarding our campuses, facilities, accommodation or just general life here at Herts, you can contact current Herts students via Unibuddy.