Unit 2 roles

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  • to be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council – you will need to have completed a pre-registration nursing programme.
    • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.    To successfully meet the NMC’s requirements of good health and good character
      • most courses last 3 years which involve going to lectures and applying knowledge using dummy's and going on a number of placrements
  • To become any type of  nurse, you will need: a nursing-related degree
  • Responsibilities include taking and making healthcare referrals
    • organising home visits to engage with vulnerable people and their carers
  • assessing and agreeing tailored care packages
    • supporting community-based health and social care teams
      • planning group sessions to support people who have similar care needs, where appropriate
  • They support recovery by using care plans, carrying out care procedures and assessments, and evaluating and focusing on the needs of the patient rather than the illness or condition.
  • Academic entry requirements for an adult nursing degree are set by individual universities. You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above (possibly in English language or literature and a science subject), plus two A levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications.
  • Nursing requires individuals to be able to communicate effectively, and show empathy and understanding towards patients. Nurses must be reliable and have a good work ethic.
  • The main route to becoming a nurse is to go to university, however many apprenticeships are also being offered in this field which require a pass in maths and english
  • For some people, mental health problems can be triggered by an event such as divorce, the death of someone close, birth, alcohol and drug abuse or changes in personal circumstances, including at work.
  • Within a hospital a mental.h nurse can work in: psychiatric intensive care unit, outpatients unit
  • Uni's require that nurses are of good health and a sound mind as the job is physically and mentally demanding
  • A mental health nurse, provides support to people living with various mental health conditions. This can involve helping the patient to recover from their illness or to come to terms with it in order to lead a positive life.
  • Responsibilities
    • assess and talk to patients about their problems and discuss the best way to plan and deliver their care
    • respond to distressed patients in a non-threatening manner and attempt to understand the source of their discomfort
    • help patients manage their emotions through different techniques
    • provide evidence-based individual therapy, such as cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety
    • work with patients' families and carers, to help to educate them and the patient about their mental health problems.
  • Skills needed
    • excellent observational skills to assess patients and look out for signs of tension or anxiety
    • the ability to stay calm and think quickly in challenging circumstances
    • emotional resilience and a non-judgemental approach
    • the ability to help others overcome social stigma related to mental health
  • working with young children,  nurses need to interpret their behaviour and reactions to assess them fully, as they won't be able to explain how they're feeling.
  • Responsibilities
    • prepare patients for operations and procedures
    • record pulse, temperature and respiration and keep accurate records of these observations
    • explain treatment and procedures to enable parents/carers to consent to treatment
    • write reports and update records before completing a shift
  • teamworking skills, especially for hospital-based work


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