Kumar - Mental Health Staff Nurse

Who’s this?

Kumar is a mental health staff nurse working on a later life ward with people who are 65 years and over and suffering from illnesses such as dementia, Bipolar, Schizophrenia and Depression

What’s the story of their career to date?

Kumar didn’t decide that he wanted to become a health professional when he reached 30 years old, after doing lots of other jobs that were totally unrelated to nursing and qualified as a staff nurse in 2014.

What do they do?

Kumar works shifts which mean he works a mixture of evenings, days, weekends and nights. There are lots of different responsibilities to Kumar’s role which include completing care plans for the patients in his care, delegating tasks to staff for each shift, ensuring the recorded drugs and medication are accounted for whilst checking and dispensing medication to patients. Kumar also accompanies the doctors whilst carrying out a Ward Round, informing the doctor of how the patient is, as well as assessing a patient’s mental state to decide if they are well enough to leave the ward on escorted leave. Kumar is also responsible for ensuring that all the equipment needed on the resuscitation trolley is in place in case it’s needed in an emergency as well as checking the ward diary daily to check if any patients have appointments and that staff are available to accompany them to the appointment.

What’s the best thing about their role?

Kumar says that the best part of his job is watching patients progress during their stay to then go on to leave hospital with a smile on their face, as well as the excellent team that he works with at Manchester Mental Health and Social care NHS Trust

Where are they going from here?

Kumar is enjoying his role at present as a staff nurse and has recently been involved in training trust staff in the areas of Control and Restraint and Conflict resolution which he really enjoys being part of as this allows him to give colleagues an insight into his experience whilst working as a staff nurse within mental health.

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Mental Health Staff Nurse normally starts at a Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Mental Health Staff Nurse where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Mental Health Staff Nurse section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.