“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”- Steve Jobs. I feel lucky to be able to say that I genuinely love what I do. ‘Great work’ means something different to everyone. To me, I see great work in a lot of things- but feel the most pride when I am nursing. Mental Health Nursing in particular. In honour of the very first Mental Health Nurses Day which took place on the 21st February- I am going to narrow down the many reasons why I love being an RMN. (Other than the fact I worked damn hard to get here of course!).
Mental Health Nursing fascinates me. It’s interesting and unpredictable- making each and every shift different to the last. On an ‘average’ day, if there is such a thing, we spend 1:1 time with patients using talking therapy techniques, complete assessments, administer and educate about medication, encourage personal care and self help, care plan, help with finances, support with housing, reassure families and most importantly,- listen and help people find hope where it has been lost. We have the ability to empower people and watch them recover and succeed.
On a daily basis we help people discover and make steps toward their personal goals. When someone walks through the ward door both them, and their families, put a huge amount of trust in us. Being part of someone’s mental health journey is not only a huge responsibility, but an honour.
Being a Mental Health Nurse gives you a new perspective. It open’s your eyes to the reality of mental health- most of which we live blissfully unaware of unless directly involved. We try our very best to understand, every day developing empathy and compassion. I have the opportunity to learn and grow every day both in my career and on a personal level. My role has enhanced my resilience and my enabled me to learn how to effectively manage my own emotions- after all we are only human too. I regularly reflect on my practice- learning from difficult situations and priding myself on what went well.
I thrive off learning new things and my career allows me to do this every single day. I’m constantly surrounded by inspirational people- some of which I’d consider to be role models. My career motivates me, challenges me and gives me a purpose. The kind words of patients, the heart-felt notes written in thank you cards and smiles are what I treasure.
Mental health in general is something I am extremely passionate about. Everyone has it and so promoting positive mental health and self care means that everyone will benefit (to a lesser or greater extent at each point of their lives). It is so important and it affects every single thing we do.
It is a privileged to be a Mental Health Nurse.
Love, Kayleigh Rose x
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