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I currently manage 2 inpatient wards
Ward 1 is a Functional Mental Health Assessment unit for over 65years old
Ward 2 is a Dementia Assessment Unit for all ages with a diagnosis of dementia
A qualification as a Mental Health Nurse
5 years post registration experience
Qualifying as a registered nurse
Obtaining my degree in Community Nursing
Gaining experience in many avenues of mental Health Nursing
Completing courses in dual diagnosis, substance misuse and mental health
Nursing Older People
To provide safe and effective care for all the patients and the job satisfaction of providing this to a high standard
working within an effectivemulti-disciplinary team and being able to complement the knowledge and skills of other professionals
Interacting with patients and their families and leading by example
Taking on board the ideas and recommendations of others
Working with a good team of staff who support each other
Ensuring safe staffing levels due to the complexities of the patients
Living up to sometimes very unrealistic expectations of families particularly with those who have a dementia
Improving staff morale and maintaining a satisfactory level of attendance at work
the positive feedback that I have received from colleagues
Be patient understanding but ultimately be fair to all staff
consider why you wanted to follow the career path and try to reach for your goals
To balance time between the duties of a manager but also to lead by example when dealing with patients and their families.
Be prepared to learn a lot of new skills
time management - not quite conquered yet!
How to be diplomatic
Maximise all my training to help me cope with the role
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