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Registered Nurses (Mental Health) provide nursing care to patients with mental health illness, disorder and dysfunction, and those experiencing emotional difficulties, distress and crisis in health, welfare and aged care facilities, correctional services and the community.


  • assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
  • works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinating the care of patients
  • provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plans
  • promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities
  • answers questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care
  • supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.


  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

To become a Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

  • You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health). Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

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  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Working With Patient And/Or Condition: Mental Health

  • Communication Skills

  • Midwifery

  • Teamwork / Collaboration

  • Computer Literacy

  • Planning

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