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Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse

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€45k > 57
Community Psychiatric Nurse
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€45 - 57
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Data Source(s):
HSE.ie

Last Updated: February, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2017 stated that "Demand for healthcare professionals is expected to persist, with demand increasing due to an aging population as well as international competition to attract the skills and talent to the sector. " nurses advanced nursing practitioners (e.g. intensive care, operating theatre, theatre nurse managers), registered nurses (e.g. general nurse, cardiovascular care, elder persons’ care, paediatric, oncology, intellectual disability care, fertility) and clinical nurse managers"

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Occupational Category

Nurses & midwives

Also included in this category:

Practice nurses; psychiatric nurses; staff nurses; nurse (clinical specialists); nurse-tutors; midwives; matrons (medical services).

Number Employed:

58,500

Part time workers: 21%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 7 / 93%
Non-Nationals: 89%
With Third Level: 97%
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At a Glance... header image

Helps people to restore and maintain mental health and may also have an educative role in the prevention of psychiatric illness.


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Liam Dowling
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Liam is a qualified Nurse (CNM2) in the area of Intellectual Disability. He chose to change his career path from that of a qualified Butcher to Intellectual Disability Nursing in his early twenties, and completed a Degree programme. He now works in St Michael's house with people that have severe and  profound intellectual disabilities.
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The Work header image

Psychiatric nursing is a specialist nursing discipline. The primary objectives are to facilitate the maximum development of the mental health of the individual who has psychiatric problems and to promote mental health.  
 
A major focus of psychiatric nursing is to rehabilitate patients so that as many as possible can live full lives in community settings and to support those already living in the community. At the heart of the role of the psychiatric nurse is the ability to establish therapeutic relationships with individuals and their families. The psychiatric nurse uses his or her own personality and communication skills to form and maintain these relationships.  
 
The policy in Ireland is to achieve a shift in the care of mentally ill patients from institutions to community settings. Nurses work as part of a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and others.  
 
When a patient arrives on the ward, the nurse responsible for them assesses their nursing requirements and draws up a care plan, which outlines their needs and treatment schedule. Nurses observe the effectiveness of treatment and modify the care plan accordingly.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.

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Distinguish between physiologically and psychologically based disorders and diagnose appropriately.

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Assess patients' mental and physical status based on the presenting symptoms and complaints.

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Conduct individual, group, or family psychotherapy for those with chronic or acute mental disorders.

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Monitor patients' medication usage and results.

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Evaluate patients' behavior to formulate diagnoses or assess treatments.

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Educate patients and family members about mental health and medical conditions, preventive health measures, medications, or treatment plans.

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Document patients' medical and psychological histories, physical assessment results, diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, or outcomes.

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Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, including psychiatrists, psychologists, or nursing staff, to develop, implement, or evaluate treatment plans.

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Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Sociology and Anthropology: Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need to have good communication skills - partly so that you can work effectively in a team and partly so you can reassure patients and involve them in care planning. Technological advances mean that an interest in science, and an understanding of how the body and mind work is useful.  
 
Carrying out physical care requires practical ability and good observational skills. As a nurse you must be resourceful, mature and tolerant enough to cope with demanding patients and other difficult situations.  
 
Most nursing posts require a certain level of physical fitness and emotional resistance.


Entry Routesheader image

To work as a qualified nursing professional, you must first successfully complete a programme of nursing education, and then apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), the statutory body for regulation of the nursing profession in Ireland. 

1. Pre-Registration Degree Programmes Leading to Registration with NMBI

There are 5 pre-registration level nursing training programmes available, all of which are at Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree, including the BSc in Psychiatric Nursing programme:

  • BSc in General Nursing (RGN) (4 Years Duration)
  • BSc in Children's and General Nursing (integrated) (4.5 years Duration)
  • BSc in Psychiatric Nursing (RPN) (4 Years Duration)
  • BSc in Intellectual Disability Nursing (RNID) (4 Years Duration)
  • BSc in Midwifery (4 Years Duration)

The programmes are offered through 13 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in association with the main Healthcare Agencies (Hospitals/Clinical Sites). Application is made through the CAO.

Psychiatric Nursing training is available at:

Athlone IT; DCU; Dundalk IT; GMIT; Letterkenny IT; NUIG; UCC; UCD; and Waterford IT.

Click here for Psychiatric Nursing course list.

Getting into Nursing Training

To get into a nursing training programme applicants must:

(a) have obtained  a minimum grade of C3 in two higher level papers and a minimum grade of D3 in four ordinary or higher level papers in the Leaving Certificate, in the following subjects:

  • Irish or English
  • Mathematics
  • A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science)
  • Three other subjects

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(b) have achieved the equivalent minimum educational attainments to the Leaving Certificate, as judged by the Higher Education Authority(HEA)

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(c) meet the minimum educational requirements specified by the third level institution (HEI) concerned, for entry to the course, provided the requirements are not of a lower standard than those set out in (a) above.

(Note: Foundation Level Mathematics or Foundation Level Irish are not acceptable). 

Alternative Entry Routes:

Certain Specific FETAC Level 5 Certificate Programmes provide links to Nursing Degree Programmes. These currently are:

  • Nursing Studies (5M4349 / DCHSN)
  • Healthcare Support (5M4339 / DHSXXX)
  • Community and Health Services (5M4468 / DCHSX)

In all cases, applicants must have achieved distinctions in five components including;

  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749 / D20001)
  • Introduction to Nursing (5N4325 / D200012)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279 / D20032) or Biology (5N2746 / C20006)

Always contact the Admissions Office of the individual HEIs or visit www.cao.ie or www.nursingcareers.ie to check for any changes.

For full detail see 'Nursing and Midwifery - A Career for You 2015'

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Nursing Careers Centre
Address: An Bord Altranais, 18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin
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Organisation: Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO)
Address: The Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
Tel: (01) 664 0600
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Organisation: An Bord Altranais/Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
Address: 18-20 Carysfort Avenue Blackrock Co Dublin
Tel: (01) 639 8500 LoCall 1890 200 116
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