As a qualified mental health nurse, spanning 24 years, most of my clinical experience was spent within the community environment and in-patient settings.
However throughout my qualified nursing career I have worked effectively within Adult, Older Adult, Forensic, Primary Care and Psychological Intervention services (to name but a few). My last clinical post focused upon working within community-based services within a local NHS Trust. I have been very privileged to work with so many individuals who have enabled me to developed many clinical skills within this time, and more recently to pass these on through my current position.
Whilst I continue to link in with community-based services, I have developed a significant passion for the delivery of “Talking Therapies” and “Philosophy” (particularly within their implementation and effectiveness) within mental health nursing. This is an area I feel needs to be strengthened and supported within mental health nursing practice. I strongly feel that mental health nurses are in prime position to deliver these skills and need to view this as an opportunity to further develop their professional portfolio.
I still have existing links to clinical practice and offer support to a local trust when required. This not only enables me to update skills and knowledge but also provides me with an element of continued clinical credibility which I feel is important when teaching current student nurses.