Empower and support patients in their journey to recovery with our NMC-validated Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) degree course.
Mental health nursing is a challenging but rewarding field. As a qualified mental health nurse, you’ll identify people’s needs before planning and providing care. Working closely with clients and patients, you’ll encourage them to believe that recovery from mental health problems is possible.
Student nurses can take advantage of nursing training grants worth at least £5,000 per year.
At ARU, we’re dedicated to the continual improvement of every aspect of healthcare and delivering the values set out in the NHS Constitution.
Our Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Mental Health Nursing degree mixes classroom learning in our clinical facilities with practical placements. We will consider the experiences of people with mental health issues from different age groups, cultures, belief systems and ethnicities. We’ll also look at the experiences of carers and care-givers; and learn how the law – including human rights legislation – affects the management of mental health.
Biological, psychological and social factors can all have an impact on mental health and illness. Our understanding of causes and ‘triggers’ is changing all the time, so we’ll keep up to date with the latest knowledge – as well as the different interventions used to help people. Since mental health nursing is very much about connecting with people, you’ll also enhance your ‘softer’ communication and people skills. As people with mental health issues may also have physical health conditions, we’ll prepare you to offer advice to aid prevention.
Most mental health nurses work in the community, but some provide in-patient care. Either way, it’s standard practice to work as part of a team of health and care professionals. As part of your studies, you’ll develop your team working skills and gain practical experience in mental health settings, both in the community and in hospital.
While on placement, you’ll work shifts with your supervisors and assessors, taking part in late, early and night shifts and will work at weekends and on bank holidays. There’s also the option of a self-funded overseas placement at the end of Year 2.
We want to make sure you experience a variety of placements and that you graduate as an effective practitioner. Our placement maps will help you plan your travel before you start on the course. Meanwhile, teaching on campus usually takes place between 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday.
Throughout your BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing degree, you’ll have the chance to share experiences with students from other health care courses, and to see how the professions work together to provide effective and seamless care.
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in 2019 and 2020 by the Student Nursing Times. It speaks volumes about the quality of our teaching.
Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery Louise Jenkins and nursing student Hannah share their advice for getting the most from your nursing interview at ARU.
From Year 1 you'll be out on placement, getting hands-on experience in hospitals and community healthcare teams.
As a nursing student at ARU, you'll use purpose-built skills labs and sophisticated healthcare equipment.
Nursing is far more than a career. As a nurse you'll make a difference to many people’s lives - including your own.
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As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:
Our degree course is validated by the NMC and you’ll be linked to one of our eight NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements.
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 2020 and 2021.
Clinical Skills Tutor (Mental Health)
Deputy Head of School (Pre-Registration Nursing: Mental Health, Child Field and Nursing Associate cluster, Cambridgeshire)
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
Senior Lecturer/Course Leader
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
Course Leader/Principal Lecturer
Senior Lecturer (Mental Health Nursing)
At ARU, we work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it so you’ll be ready to stand out in a competitive job market.
Once you graduate, you’ll be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and begin your journey as a mental health nurse. You might choose a role in acute in-patient care, home treatment or a community mental health team – it’s up to you where your degree takes you.
"I have been lucky enough to visit a wide variety of placements during my two years so far at ARU, including surgical, medical, intensive care and community."
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You’ll spend 50% of your learning time out on placement. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in assessing, treating and communicating with patients.Your guide to placements
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