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mental health nurse

  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders and mental health conditions.
  • Write prescriptions for psychotropic medications as allowed by state regulations and collaborative practice agreements.
  • Interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) and renal functioning tests.
  • Develop practice protocols for mental health problems based on review and evaluation of published research.
  • Direct or provide home health services.
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mental health nurse

  • PECC Assessments/ Mental state examinations in the emergency  department.
  • Proficiency in admission and discharging patients; in addition to 
  • continuation of care outside of the hospital environment.
  • Provide initial mental health assessment and support the role to the 
  • psychiatry registrar/ consultant.
  • Act as a role model as an expert clinician in the clinical
  • setting by promoting best practice in mental health management. 
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mental health nurse

  •  Observe, interpret and record behavior disorders, in terms of
  • Provide expert advice and professional support to nursing colleagues 
  • and others involved in mental health in clinical management and professional issues in mental health nursing through organizing in-service training for staff.
  • Work with members of the multidisciplinary care team to identify and
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mental health nurse

  • support clients at high risk, or displaying high  levels, of psychological distress at the time of diagnosis and on a regular basis using a 
  • systematic evidence-based approach and refer for appropriate support.
  • Liaise with GPs, specialist psychologists, mental health care coordinators, community nurses, non-governmental organizations and local hospital staff in order to build an efficient and appropriate referral network and framework of support for clients with mental health and drug and alcohol issues.
  • Establish a working relationship and work collaboratively with the 
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mental health nurse

  • multidisciplinary team across the continuum of care.
  • Contribute as part of the multidisciplinary team to the review of the
  • individual client’s care outcomes and continuous improvement of
  • mental health services.
  • Update clinical practice using best practice philosophy using
  • established links with affiliated specialist organisations such as the 
  • Black Dog Institute NSW and the Institute of Psychiatry.