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Author Getting a job in Mental Health as an Enrolled Nurse



  • Joined: Mar 2015
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:03 pm

Currently I am studying the Diploma of nursing, and I'm a bit unsure of how to get work in Mental Health once I graduate.

Is the post basic module on mental health a requirement, or is it just something some employees may prefer you to have done?

If it is a requirement, will employees hire you to work part time whilst you complete the course part time, or do you have to have the course completed prior to employment?



  • Joined: May 2015
  • Location: Australia
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May 10, 2015, 01:37 pm

Hi there, 

I am an enrolled nurse and currently work in mental health rehabilitation. While studying for my Diploma of Nursing, I also got my Certificate IV in Mental Health through a correspondence online and this helped with getting my current job. 

If you want to work in acute mental health such as the psychiatric ward of the local hospital or a psychiatric hospital, it would be a good idea to speak to the specific hospital's human resources department and find out what is required. 

Mental health is fascinating area. All the very best with your studies and career goals :-)



  • Joined: Jun 2015
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Feb 20, 2016, 02:15 am

Another great resource is the career services at the institution where you're studying.  Course counselors and career service advisers need to know this sort of thing.  They can often point you in the right direction and help you pick appropriate courses.  Good luck!



  • Joined: Apr 2016
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Apr 11, 2016, 11:50 pm

advice to consider position of Triage .  Some telephone triage jobs have a step by step questionaire to read and ask for most everything people call for. You may do ok if this is very detailed and you ask your supervisor for any questions.. .I do have to admit though, that this is one job I believe it helps greatly to have experience in many areas, especially ER or Urgent Care triage where you get to know what questions to ask, and to give you experience to what is considered minor, non-urgent, urgent or emergent. 



  • Joined: Mar 2017
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Apr 04, 2017, 10:45 pm


Make the list of prospective hospitals /institutions. Approach them online, through website, social media, LinkedIn

Hope this will work

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