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The Career and Education magazine for Nurses and Health Professionals


Mental Health

PLUS: Look inside to find out more about what it takes to be a MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

16 May 2011 - Issue 9

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Grow your career here Exciting opportunities for experienced mental health nurses in regional Queensland. Nowhere else gives you the same opportunities to balance your career and your family life as working in Queensland’s regional communities. Whether you’re searching for a rewarding career change, or want a change of pace, Queensland Health offers incentives and pathways for experienced mental health nurses to make the move.

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leading financial rewards and incentives outstanding training and education opportunities career progression in growing services supportive environments and lifestyle-friendly workplaces

PLUS a dream Queensland lifestyle. “My family chose to move to Queensland for a change of lifestyle in 2003. There are endless lifestyle choices here and so many activities revolve around being outside which is great! Queensland Health has offered me opportunities to grow and is very supportive of my personal development.” Emily, Yugaipa Mental Health Inpatient Unit

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From the Editor... Welcome to Issue 9 We would like to wish all nurses for “International Nurses Day“ on 12 May last week. We think nurses do a great job everyday and should have a day to recognise the hard work done to provide for our loved ones during hardships. This years theme is ‘Closing the Gap: Increasing Access and Equity’. Congratulations goes to Amanda Harwood, our winner for the Front Cover competition this issue. Amanda has taken out a Student of the Year award at Challenger Institute’s Student Awards Ceremony in Fremantle last April. Amanda completed a Challenger Diploma of Nursing last year and has since commenced her enrolled nursing graduate placement at Hollywood Private Hospital in Nedlands.

This Issue

Turn to page 21 to read our MENTAL HEALTH feature

Next Issue

For our special feature, we take a look at Mental Health. Turn to page 22 to learn about what it takes to become a Mental Health Professional, what the job entails and what study programs and career opportunities are on offer. For our next issue we will be looking at Midwifery, a popular field of nursing and also Neonatal nursing. Read what’s happening in the fields, how you can study within specializations and what career opportunities are available.

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We take a closer look at the field of Midwifery and Neonatal nursing in Issue 10

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Nurse Unit Manager of Emergency CLASSIFICATION: Registered Nurse Division 1 Grade 4A-NUM AWARD: Nurses (Victorian Health Services) Award / 2007 Nurses EBA SALARY: $82,220 - $85,032 - dependant on experience / Generous salary packaging HOURS & CONDITIONS: Full time (40 hours per week), Mon-Fri / Public holidays off, ADO rostered monthly DIVISION: Nursing RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Nursing

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The Nurse Unit Manager provides direction for the delivery of a high standard of patient care in order to achieve the desired patient outcomes. The NUM is both directly and indirectly responsible for the provision of focused, holistic nursing care. The Applicant will take responsibility for the day to day management undertaking special responsibilities in the areas of Administration, Education and Continuous Quality Improvement.

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Board regulations, ANCI competencies, Poisons & • Ensure safe and appropriate patient management. Controlled substances regulations and Infection • Ensure delivery of safe, effective and efficient Control practices and policies nursing services • Ensure timely preparation of unit management plan, • Ensure service provision is within budgetary rosters, staff management systems and other allocation documents as required. • Ensure adequate participation at appropriate forums • Ensure adherence to annual compulsory education and with designated port folio program • Support continuous quality improvement and risk • Provide evidence of requirements to ensure management process within PDH standards of NBV self declaration are met. • Ensure current knowledge of Victorian Nurses

Key Selection Criteria

• Registered Nurse, Division 1, possessing a current Victorian practicing certificate • Holds a relevant tertiary management qualification or working towards same • Five years postgraduate clinical experience • Two years of demonstrated management experience. • Emergency and management qualifications • Extensive clinical skills and qualifications in area

Application Closes: 30 June 2011

of relevant clinical discipline • Current Advanced Life Support skills • Demonstrated communication and conflict resolution skills. • Ability to work effectively as part of the team • Ability to establish standards, guidelines and principles in relation to the responsibilities of the position • Demonstrated computer skills

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Our work place options: • Full time (Monday to Friday) • Part time options • Work from home (after full competentcy and 6 months working in the office)

• A combination of office and work at home • We will accommodate time off over the school holidays to meet family commitments.

Healthways has been providing comprehensive health management programs for the last 30 years, employing over 4000 employees across four continents. Our Australian operation commenced in April 2009 and has been growing rapidly ever since. Healthways has a proven track record in telephonic health coaching and improving health outcomes. Nurse Care Managers (RNs), are responsible to help our participants make changes in their lifestyles, leading them to significantly improved health outcomes. Drawing on your clinical experience and being supported by a team of Dieticians, Exercise Physiologists and a Clinical Nurse Consultants you will impact the lives of others, while you continue to develop your skills and expertise in this role.


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Our next intake is June so don’t delay. We look forward to hearing from you! To apply for this position please contact Laura Hookes, HR Advisor on (02) 8264 4800 or email your resume to Visit, the Healthways careers page for further information 5

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Neonatal Infant Feeding Christchurch Neonatal Service New Zealand Full-time Vacancy 1617. Closing 17/06/2011 An opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Nurse Specialist – Neonatal Infant Feeding, who will be working within the Neonatal Service at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. The CNS will be an acknowledged nursing leader for neonatal infant feeding. The CNS will work within a multi-disciplinary team as a role model and resource person for mothers, family/whanua and staff ensuring consistent and appropriate advice about infant feeding. This is achieved through providing quality programmes of education, training and advice. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate recent clinical experience with preterm and sick newborn infants and clinical expertise in infant feeding. In addition the applicant should hold an internationally recognised Lactation Consultant qualification and demonstrated teaching, mentoring and assessment skills. Apply online or for more information contact Debbie O’Donoghue, Neonatal Nurse Manager, phone (03) 364 4945, email debbie.o’

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Opportunities of A Lifetime in rural and remote Are you looking for a chance to travel and work in Western Australia? 1.2 ) and the Country The Ocean to Outback ( Registered Nurses 1.3 and above) and level wives s/Mid to Coast ( Registered Nurse onal programs. the Midwifery program are all travelling rotati tunities oppor al clinic and tures adven New experiences, s WA Country Health Service consists of seven region st, Goldfields, in Western Australia – Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwe Wheatbelt, Great Southern and South West.

We are looking for Registered Nurs es/Midwives seeking to travel, experience rural and remote WA and broaden their nursing experience in a variety of areas including remo te health, emergency, high dependency, palliative care, medical, surgical, operating theatre, paediatrics, mental health and aged care. All rotational programs arranges your travel, costs and accommodat ion – all you have to do is experience an opportunity of a LIFETIME!

provides: WA Country Health Ser vice superannuation, Attractive salary package and , assistance with travel subsidised accommodation essional and leave prof relocation and excellent . ents entitlem Country to Coast and The Ocean to Outback and ms are all gra pro al tion rota Midwifery 12-month programs. k and 2012 Ocean to Outbac Rotational dates for 2011 1, 201 e Jun h 20t 1, 201 ch 7th February 2011, 14th Mar 2. 10th October 2011, March 201 1, uary 2011, 14th March 201 Country to Coast 10th Jan 1, 201 r obe Oct h 2011, 10t 16th May 2011, 29th August March 2012. m intakes all year round. Midwives rotational progra

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Danila Dilba Health Service is a community managed not-forprofit organisation that is dedicated to providing culturally appropriate comprehensive primary health care services to the Biluru people residing in Darwin, Palmerston and surrounds.



DDHS has an exciting opportunity for a registered midwife to work within our Mothers and Babies program based at our Women’s Clinic in Palmerston. Hours of work are Monday to Friday and no on-call work required! This position will contribute to the quality and delivery of primary health care within the Mothers and Babies program, by providing high quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate midwifery care to patients with the aim of improving maternal and birth outcomes. The midwife will provide antenatal, postnatal clinical midwifery services as well as provide maternity education and workshops to our patients. An experienced and knowledgeable clinician, you will also undertake a mentoring role with other clinicians in the organization to enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to all aspects of midwifery care.

This position involves coordinating the day to day running of the Kanyini Polypill Study at Danila Dilba Health Service. The Kanyini Polypill study’s primary aim is to assess whether fixed dose combination cardiovascular medications improves clinical outcomes and adherence for Aboriginal people at high risk of CVD when compared with usual care. The successful applicant must:

The successful applicant will have:• Current registration and practising certificate as a midwife • A minimum of four years clinical practice with experience in all areas of midwifery • Proven good oral and written communication skills with the ability to liaise with people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds. • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to Aboriginal culture and history

The successful applicant will have:• Be a Registered Nurse with a current practising certificate; • Be able to work flexible hours – potentially we will do block recruitment and so the applicant would need to be available for 1-2 week blocks at a time with 1-2 weeks off between recruitment. • Be able to work independently with external support provided from Study Coordinator in Alice Springs • Be meticulous, self motivated and have good attention to detail. • Travel locally to participants’ residences in and around Darwin region. Infrequent interstate travel may be required. • Prior experience in a research role or project would be highly regarded

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DIABETES EDUCATOR (PUBLIC HEALTH SECTION) “Opportunity to help Make a Difference”

AHAC is committed to supporting General Practitioners in the provision of Primary Health Care and Disease Prevention and is seeking a suitably qualified person for the position of Diabetes Educator to work in our Public Health Section. The successful applicant will have tertiary qualifications approved for membership to Diabetes Educators Association of Australia. This role is responsible for clinical and preventative strategies, implementation and evaluation of Diabetes Education services in the Barkly area and surrounding remote communities. This position will effectively manage people with diabetes in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. This is a responsible position requiring strict confidentiality, initiative and innovation. This position supports the aims of AHAC and works towards the improvement of Aboriginal Health in Tennant Creek and the Barkly Region.


An exciting opportunity has become available for an experienced Registered Nurse specialising in AOD within our Piliyintinji-ki Stronger Families Section. The successful applicant will be required to provide culturally appropriate support, information and education and to encourage and develop social and emotional wellbeing in Tennant Creek and the Barkly Region. The successful applicant will also be required to contribute and assist with development and implementation of culturally responsive social and emotional wellbeing and AOD programs. If you think you have the ability and qualifications required and are looking for that role with many challenges, then look no further, you have found it. AHAC is a community controlled organisation that provides primary health and clinical services to the Aboriginal peoples of the Barkly Region. AHAC offers a holistic approach to the health and well being of its clients through its clinical, social and emotional, educational and fitness services.

Advantages of working for Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation include: • Working within a dynamic team environment • Salary packaging; 6 weeks AL, RDO’s, sick leave, fringe benefits and superannuation. • Personal & Professional Development • Free Gym Membership • Free General Dentistry

If this sounds like the position for you and would like further information, please contact the Human Resource Officer on (08) 8962 2633 or Email:

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Feature - Mental Health

Mental H E A LT H What is Mental Health career all about? What does the profession entail? What job opportunities and study programs are available in mental health across Australia and New Zealand? We’ve found the answers and brought you all you need to know about this health specialization. Read ‘Pathways to Mental Health’ to learn more.


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We’ve done our research and brought you all you need to know about what it really takes to become a mental health professional. We discuss various aspects of mental health from what it is, to career opportunities in mental health and how to get there.

What is a mental health professional?

Mental health professionals are responsible for providing clinical assistance to patients who are diagnosed with a severe mental illness. Any person who suffers from a mental illness is described, on a general note, as having feelings, thoughts and behaviours that can cause themselves or others pain. Here is a list of some mental illnesses: • Depression • Anxiety • Schizophrenia. • Bipolar disorder • Eating disorders • Personality issues • Post-traumatic stress/shock • Duel illnesses: people who may suffer from a physical and psychological illness • Mental illnesses coupled with drug or alcohol related problems

What do mental health professionals do?

It is a mental health professional’s objective to be able to understand and interpret correctly a person’s most private thoughts within their own mind to appropriately treat and care for the patient. This may prove challenging as any individual’s personal feelings and thoughts aren’t always displayed through their behaviours. Some interventions offered to patients include; mental health and risk assessments, case management, ongoing monitoring of the client’s mental state, wellbeing and treatment needs, delivery of treatment including


individual, group and family therapy ,focussed psychological strategies, advocacy, family / carer support, education, rehabilitation and finally, support services in conjunction with other service providers. Mental health professionals are also involved in completing screenings, teaching, specialist counselling, psychotherapy, medication management and direct nursing care. Within a workplace environment, mental health professionals are required to monitor the biological dimensions that the patient suffers from through medication administration, behavioural observations and general interpretation of the results from these actions. It is also their responsibility to care for and support the patient’s family and loved ones, as well as protect the rights of the patient. Mental health care professionals are required to: • Support the patients throughout their illness • Request relevant interventions based on close observation to promote psychological well-being and emotional health • Encourage patients to improve their relationships with others and to establish own peace of mind, thus fuelling the recovery process of the patient • Work within a multidisciplinary team of other healthcare professionals that includes psychologists, occupational therapists, doctors, nurses, social workers, speech pathologists, dieticians, indigenous health workers, consumer consultants and other allied health professionals • Protect the human rights of the patient • Support carers / family members and loved ones of the patient

MENTAL Health Nursing

is a Specialist area of Nursing requiring a Specialist Nursing Agency Mental Health Staffing Specialists, MHS Nurses Agency is that specialist agency. MHS is the only standalone Mental Health Agency. We are owned and run by Mental Health Nurses who understand what it takes to work in the field.We also have a long history of operating nursing agencies, so we understand that environment too.

Want to work one shift a week in Mother and Baby, or 2 shifts a week in Drug and Alcohol, or maybe a triage contract in regional Victoria or case management in the Northern Territory. We can help you out. At MHS we not only understand what that means we also have the work to back it up.You tell us where and when you want to work and it’s our job to find it for you. It’s also our job to support out nurses so, we will always be there to listen to any problems you may have or even just to have a chat about your day.

We understand that without our nurses we cannot provide the quality service that we do, so we will always be there to support you no matter what the issue.

MHS also provides > Free Education > Parking Allowances > Above Award Wages > Casual, Contract and Permanent Work

Call us today to find our more. Phone 1300 527 034 E: | W: Mental Health Staffing Specialists...All we do is Mental Health! Owned and operated by Mental Health Nurses. 23

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• Advocate and promote solid mental health within your community • Be able to work and transfer from one speciality to another • Cooperatively engage in professional development and further training • Be able to confidently communicate and work closely with a broad spectrum of community members from different walks of life

Where do mental health professionals work?

Are you passionate about the Mental Health Sector? We have roles for Mental Health Professionals throughout New Zealand. If you are a qualified Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Registered Nurse and looking to take the leap across the ditch we would love to hear from you. You will need to have a minimum of 2 years experience in Mental Health and be eligible for New Zealand registration with the appropriate registration board.

Send your CV to Elly Nelson now to find out more about the opportunities available to you.

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Here is a list of some areas in healthcare that mental health professionals can work in: • Child and Youth Mental Health • Older Person’s Mental Health • Indigenous Mental Health • Forensic Mental Health • Mental Health Nursing • Psychiatry • Occupational Therapy • Psychology • Social Work and other allied health professions • Community based rehabilitation • Consultation-liaison (in emergency departments and maternity services) • Psych-geriatrics • Alcohol and drugs • Private practice • Primary care • Hospitals • Forensic services • Universities

What can it offer?

In terms of career opportunities, mental health as a field can offer you promotional positions in various areas such as administration and management, teaching, research, education and project work and mentorships within a number of government departments, hospitals, research facilities and educational institutes. Advancing your knowledge base and skills will further your career, as this will enhance your professional accountability and practice. You also gain a suited personal and professional respect for your practice.

The Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Service is the regional provider of mental health services in Gippsland home to sandy beaches, snowfields, mountains and national parks. Gippsland provides a fantastic rural lifestyle with easy access to Melbourne. LRHMHS operates an integrated mental health program across ten sites and provides inpatient and community mental heath care for child and youth, adult and aged care service streams. LRHMHS also operates a ‘Community Residential Care Unit’ and a ‘Prevention and Recovery Care Unit’. Under the new 10 year “Because Mental Health Matters” Strategy, Mental Health services are moving into an exciting period of reform. This reform will focus on early intervention, prevention, social inclusion and recovery.

Mental Health Service: We have exciting positions for dynamic clinicians in the following areas: Community Clinicians - Adult and Child and Youth Services Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) Clinician Senior Clinician - Child and Youth Service Associate Unit Manager – Aged Inpatient Unit Registered and Enrolled Nurses - Acute Aged and Adult Inpatient Units Occupational Therapist - Inpatient Services Graduate Nurse Program 2012 Full time, part time, casual, temporary and permanent positions are available. LRHMHS offers a supportive environment with clinical educators, preceptors, clinical supervision, a nurse practitioner candidate program and professional development opportunities.

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What are the job prospects and opportunities?

There is currently a shortage facing almost all health facilities across Australia, which is why mental health is in demand as the ideal healthcare profession. As a result of these shortages, mental health services have entered mainstream and general health facilities to create more job opportunities and open mental health as an accessible outlet to the Australian public. As an example, some general hospitals are creating a mental health management team that focuses on care in the community with support from acute care and short stay units. There has already been a 57% increase in employees within the public sector of mental health services thanks to the Third National Mental Health Plan in 2008, yet there is still a shortage of mental health professionals in Australia. Here’s a list of what current mental health professionals are earning within various specializations: - Clinical Psychologist ($66,129) - Psychologist ($60,000) - Occupational Therapist ($60,000) - Social Worker ($41,099) - Registered Nurse ($64,090) - Mental Health Clinician ($66,093) - Registered Psychiatric Nurse ($59,089)

How do I get there?

For mental health nursing, there is currently no direct entry to study mental health nursing; therefore it can only be completed as a post graduate qualification from previously studying nursing. You can also apply for graduate transition programs provided by some metropolitan and regional hospitals. These programs are usually partnered with select universities for accreditation of postgraduate subjects. They offer graduates the opportunity to complete educational preparation and receive clinical placements.

Some hospitals may also offer experienced registered nurses the opportunity to complete a transition program that the hospital offers as another pathway for registered nurses to qualify for and practice mental health nursing. Here are some handy tips if you’re set on becoming a mental health professional: - Choose mental health electives throughout your course of study when at university - Look into any programs either for work experience or traineeships as an allied health assistant in mental health - Register for transition to mental health programs - Apply for a mental health cadetship

For more information

To find out more just contact any hospital or community health centre that has a mental health unit or service. Ask specifically for opportunities available for mental health nursing within the organization. Talking to nursing faculties within your local university is also a start, in particular ask for nurse educators and course coordinators who actually organize and design the graduate programs. Also, the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses is a great place to start as well. There are clinical placements for mental health nurses and professionals available to second and third year undergraduates, where students can experience for themselves what mental health practice is all about. Contact your local university or educational institute that is currently offering your chosen course of study to find out more. You can visit the following web sites to find out more about courses and job opportunities available for mental health: • Mental Health Council of Australia • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses • Mental Health Professionals Network 27

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An innovative new program is giving nursing students confidence in preparation for their mental health placements. The program developed by The Marian Centre is designed to prepared students to enter their mental health clinical practice with more confidence and encourage a positive experience. This innovation has resulted in a first for Western Australia where all five Universities have collaborated in an education program. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Aging, all 5 WA Universities (Notre Dame, ECU, UWA, Curtin and Murdoch), ARAFMI and consumers, The Marian Centre is delivering a unique program to positively promote Mental Health and the satisfaction gained working in this specialised area, with its own unique challenges and rewards.

practical role playing exercises that involved recognising when a patient was agitated and what we could do to de-escalate the situation.” “In my aged care work a number of the residents have dementia and sometimes their frustration results in aggressive behaviour,” he said. “But, with the skills I learnt from the Marian UWA nursing student Centre I have the Dante Giacomin confidence to assess those situations and take action before there is an incident.” Dante said he had not previously considered working in mental health but was now looking forward to his clinical placement at Graylands: “I am grateful UWA offered the Marian course because it had has opened another door for me.”

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As the prevalence of mental illness growsone in four people have been diagnosed with some form of mental illness- so does the area of service need and one may ask ‘Who will be there to care?’ WA nursing student Dante Giacomin completed the course and said the skills he leant have also helped him with his work in the aged care sector. “I and the other students did interactive and 28

The program takes an applied approach to teaching, with the focus on students to think and feel. Practical exercises are utilised for this to occur. The program does not repeat what students are taught at the universities, but rather a complimentary value addition. Students are exposed to the different streams available and the many exciting opportunities in mental health. Facilitator Shazzy Young said; “students appreciated the modules on communication and de-escalation as they felt continued on page 25

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ACT Health through Mental Health, Justice Health & Alcohol and Drug Services ACT has developed a program for Registered Nurses to gain post-graduate mental health nursing qualifications.The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is an excellent means by which RNs can build their knowledge and skills base in caring for people experiencing a range of mental health conditions. The program is clinically based and provides RNs with part-time paid employment with MHACT for 18 months in Canberra, while they study through the University of Canberra. Living in Canberra offers a culturally diverse lifestyle and stimulating environment with all the benefits of a city while retaining its rural personality. It is an ideal place to educate and bring up a family. During the program, RNs rotate through a range of diverse clinical services, including crisis assessment, acute inpatient, rehabilitation, community adult, child and adolescent and older persons as well as placement options with specialist teams. Registered Nurses who undertake the program are: - Paid while they study; - Guaranteed a scholarship to cover course fees; - Well supported - Eligible for a qualification allowance on completion - Able to fast track their nursing careers. Eligibility / other requirements: Registered or eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and Drivers licence. Applicants need to be an Australian Citizen or have permanent residency to apply

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Are you a Registered Nurse or an Enrolled Nurse looking for a new challenge or a Career change? If so, then there’s an opportunity for you with Hunter New England Mental Health Services. Hunter New England Mental Health Services ( HNEMHS) in New South Wales is looking to recruit to a range of positions across various clinical settings, which provide exciting and challenging opportunities for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses. HNEMHS boasts a range of facilities including specialist referral, rural referral, and community health services. There are many unique geographical areas within the health service such as rural, metropolitan and coastal environments, which provide the opportunity to match exciting career opportunities with a lifestyle change, as well as working with health professionals that are committed to providing quality mental health services to the broader community.

What skills or experiences would I need to make the change?

You will need to be currently registered or able to be registered as a nurse with the Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and if you are an overseas applicant you will need a current working visa. To embrace the challenge of working in Hunter New England Mental Health Services you will need to work flexibly, maintain critical thinking and evaluation skills and utilise good decision–making skills.

If you have suitable experience and/or qualifications in Mental Health you will be highly regarded. How do I get more information?

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continued from page 23 it gave them more confidence to start in their placement and having the chance to role-play with us enhanced this confidence. We were able to use our clinical experience to answer all the questions thrown at Facilitator Shazzy Young us effectively and demonstrate good clinical practice.”

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A spike in Mental Health cases following recent natural disasters

Dr Michael Monisse-Redman, Lecturer Mental Health Edith Cowan University, said “The success of this application now means that we all benefit from an initiative that will enhance university based learning and close the divide between tertiary settings and the workplace.” Student feedback has been overwhelming and includes; ” I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. It has sparked my interest in mental health. [I] think it should be compulsory for all nursing students.” “This course has succeeded in relieving my fears and concerns with my next prac placement.” “Interaction and the opportunity to collaborate about ideas and concepts in mental health.” The program has the support from the Commissioner of Mental Health, who identified programs like these as a positive move in delivering care in the mental health sector. Interested Nursing, Medical and Occupational Therapy students should speak to their course coordinator to enrol in this free program. The Marian Centre is a stand-alone private Psychiatric Centre located in the medical precinct of Subiaco. The Centre offers an inpatient facility, day group programs and outpatient consulting rooms. Fiona Cooper The Marian Centre

According to the Australian Medical Association of Queensland (AMAQ), almost 60 per cent of doctors have reported that there has been a severe and sudden increase in mental health cases after the devastating summer of natural disasters in Queensland. The survey also showed that approximately half of the doctors that were surveyed believed the increase in cases reported will continue for at least the next twelve months. The survey also revealed a quarter of people who know that they do have a mental illness refuse to receive treatment or they do not know how to seek help. The president of AMAQ, Dr Gino Pecoraro has stated that a state-wide campaign will be launched with the hopes of encouraging and supporting friends and family to look after and take care of each other. Mr Pecoraro also said that every community should keep an eye out for signs, both for themselves and for their loved ones. “We know that about aw quarter of patients are saying they are aware that they’ve noticed feelings of anxiety or they’re not managing. We also know that a quarter of the people we’ve surveyed said that they wouldn’t feel comfortable coming out and asking for help, so what we’re trying to do is enlist the help of the community to look after each other.” “They won’t go to social engagements whereas once upon a time they did and little things will set them off. If a small setback occurred at work, once upon a time they could deal with it - now it blows up into a major thing. They’re simple things that people can see every day. If they see it in someone they love, we want them to engage with that person and encourage them to come and see somebody who can help them.” 31

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Its Role in Nurse Education Nurses constantly have to adapt to challenges in the workplace while also keeping up with their primary role: care of the patient. New graduates require support to bridge the theory-practice gap as they move over into the clinical setting. Experienced nurses require extra professional development if they change practice areas, or need support in the rapidly changing health care environment. These challenges however, provide a chance for nurses to mentor and support one another, assisting knowledge transfer. All of this contributes to a strong learning environment that is beneficial to everyone.

VALUE Often seen as a tool for students and new graduates, mentorship is important for all nurses. It offers practical guidance and a venue for experienced nurses to pass on their knowledge before retiring or moving on. Unlike the teacher-student relationship, which usually involves some form of evaluation, mentorship is a long-term relationship that cultivates active learning. A positive mentorship is based on guidance, partnership, consistency and mutual respect. Some qualities of a good mentor include: > Being a good role model for best practice > Feeling genuine concern for mentee > Aims to inspire mentee > Is keen and enthusiastic about job > Has a positive attitude > Is motivated to teach and support > Has realistic expectations

MEANINGFUL EXCHANGE Effective learning occurs when the mentor and mentee have a good relationship. In the same way, low morale in the mentee can occur if there is a mentor/mentee mismatch, or because of poor mentoring traits. Some of these attributes can include: > Lack of knowledge and expertise > Breaking promises > Delegating unwanted jobs to mentee > Overprotects, or “throws in the deep end” > Often dislikes job and may be disliked by other staff > Poor teaching skills with little structure It’s important to remember that the mentee is 34

not a passive entity in the mentoring relationship. To get the most out of the connection, the mentee should drive the relationship, taking on the following roles: > Identify specific skills, knowledge and /or goals to achieve > Develop a plan, in conjunction with your mentor to achieve these goals within a specified time frame > Take advantage of any opportunities for learning > Identify resources to aid you in your learning and to achieve your goals. Resources may include other people, books and websites > Provide feedback on the relationship and learning experience

MUTUAL BENEFITS One of the biggest benefits of a mentoring relationship is that mutual learning can occur. Mentoring nurses may find themselves learning new theoretical knowledge, or simply benefiting from the enthusiasm of the mentees. In addition the relationship creates shared value, with older nurses often feeling valued as a result of passing on their knowledge. Nevertheless, just as the mentee has a role in the relationship, so too does the mentor. The following are some of the responsibilities of a mentor: > To provide guidance and support to the mentee based on their developmental needs – without “spoon feeding” > Provide feedback on mentee’s development and learning: constructive criticism is very important > Act as a source of encouragement and support > Play devil’s advocate: the mentor should aid the mentee’s learning through stimulating thought processes


more experienced practitioner, allowing the nurse to grow and develop with encouragement. As one nurse mentor succinctly stated, “knowledge not shared is wasted” and that is what mentorship is all about. Continued Professional Development provided by

Comment on this clinical article at: SOURCES Clauson, M., Wejr, P., Frost, L., McRae, C. & Straight, H. (2011) Legacy Mentors: Translating the Wisdom of Our Senior Nurses. Nurse Education in Practice, 11, 153-158 Gray, M. (2000) The Qualities of an Effective Mentor From the Student’s Perspective: Findings From a Longitudinal Qualitative Study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 32, (6), 1542-1549 Huybrecht, S., Loeckx, W., Quaeyhaegens, Y., De Tobel, D. & Mistiaen, W. (2011). Mentoring in Nursing Education: Perceived Characteristics of Mentors and Consequences of Mentoship. Nurse Education Today, 31, 274-278 Pulsford, D., Boit, K. & Owen, S. (2002). Are Mentors Ready to Make a Difference? A Survey of Mentor’s Attitudes Towards Nurse Education. Nurse Education Today, 22, 439-446


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The nursing environment also plays a key role in its success or failure. As practicing nurses, both mentors and mentees will have competing demands on their time. There will be a conflict between providing patient care and fulfilling the mentor/ mentee role. This may be particularly true for the mentor who could have additional responsibilities as a senior staff member. Both need to feel supported in their roles by direct and upper management, as well as by colleagues/team members. For effective learning to occur as part of the mentoring relationship, both the mentor and mentee need to take time out of the clinical environment to meet, discuss learning and provide feedback. This requires both understanding and cooperation on the part of team members, as a workplace which is not supportive of mentorship will not bring about healthy mentoring relationships, and may instead cause feelings of bitterness and jealousy in other staff, at what may be perceived as “slacking off”. Running an education session on the roles and benefits of mentoring may be of help in this situation. Working in a constantly changing environment influenced by new developments in health care, the nurse may sometimes feel overwhelmed and under supported. Entering into a mentoring relationship may provide a means of obtaining guidance from a

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For our special feature, we take a look at Mental Health. Turn to page 22 to learn about what it takes to become a Mental Health Professiona...

Nursing Post - Issue 9: Mental Health  

For our special feature, we take a look at Mental Health. Turn to page 22 to learn about what it takes to become a Mental Health Professiona...