Mental Health Nursing

If you have decided to enroll to nursing assistant (this is the term in Thai หลักสูตร ผู้ ช่วย พยาบาล) surely among your virtues is the vocation to help others, since this profession is perfect for it. Now, there are so many fields in which you can help that choosing the sector in which to work and the type of patient to attend is not always an easy task. Have you considered, for example, working with psychiatric patients? The work with these people can be arduous and complicated, but every little success achieved is very comforting and you will be doing not only assistance, but also social work. Here are some clues about the specialty of mental health nursing to help you make the decision.

What Does a Mental Health Specialist Nurse Do?

First of all, you should know that your work will be a leg of a wide network of work since the nurse is part of a multidisciplinary team  in which there are also psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers. All, like you, focused on educating, assisting and rehabilitating the mentally ill .

eye! Do not fall into the dark and stereotyped image of dangerous patients with serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. The range of patients with whom you would work is much wider since it includes people with depression, anxiety, dementia , patients with personality disorder , with problems of eating behavior , abuse and dependence on alcohol and drugs , with psychotic disorders, neurotic… That is, as a mental health specialist nurse you must be prepared to assist a person with schizophrenia, but also a teenager with anorexia, an elderly man with Alzheimer’s disease or a child who suffers bullying. That is why your work can be carried out in primary care centers, hospital units, psychiatric residences, small clinics, in your own homes and even in schools where you can carry out prevention and health education work.

Of course, the mental health specialist nurse must be qualified to evaluate and diagnose patients; apply and monitor treatments;  help the patient also in a self-administration plan ; be an important therapeutic support for both the patient and their relatives; manage and contain all kinds of crises and attacks; participate in the patient’s social and personal development as well as guide him in his rehabilitation. Taking full Nursing assistant course 6 months(this is the term in Thai หลักสูตร ผู้ ช่วย พยาบาล 6 เดือน) minimum helps to prepare you for this heavy task.

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