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'Mental health nursing has given me the challenge I was after'


It has been a real journey through my mental health nursing course, but what an experience.

Before I started my training I had a basic understanding of mental illness and I suppose, like most people, I’d listened to the stigma associated with mental health.

I chose to go into mental health nursing rather than one of the other branches for many reasons.

I have always had a fascination with how the brain works and why some people develop with mental illness and why others don’t. I have had anxiety and depression and knew very little about the reasons why I this might be. And I have always had an interest in forensic services, with reading a lot of books relating to many crimes that have happened over the years, for instance Ted Bundy, Rosemary and Fred West. I wanted to further my knowledge and spend time with individuals on a one-to-one basis, really listening to what people are saying, and feel that I have helped to aid their recovery.

Our lectures have been very useful in preparing us for placement and qualified practice. The lecturers are highly knowledgeable, approachable and friendly and I’ve enjoyed every one. The course has been highly rewarding and my confidence has grown so much that I am able to talk in front of a larger group of people and I know that I can do it well.

My nursing course has given me the chance to work alongside colleagues within various branches of mental health and I have received excellent feedback which has also helped improve my confidence.

I know all the hard work and moaning will pay off once I have finished the course in September. It’s been hard trying to complete essays to deadlines but looking back so far they have really helped with my progression through the course and have given me the knowledge that I will take forward into practice.

I wanted a challenge, which I have within mental health nursing and feel the reward at the end of the day.

Vicki Spurgeon is a third year mental health nursing student studying at the University of Brighton.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Adam Roxby

    Hey Vicki, really great and insightfull article. Mental health nursing must be so rewarding and its great to hear the reasons why people select the different branches of nursing.

    Thanks for the article :)

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  • vicki spurgeon

    Your very welcome Adam, thank you for you feedback I really appreciate that.

    All the best


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  • Hi Vicki.
    Just to say that you will make a wonderful mental health nurse. Looks like you got right attitude.
    I am starting my studies this year and i hope to enjoy my course.
    Goodluck and thank you for article.

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  • vicki spurgeon

    Thank you very much Ruta that is lovely to hear, I have had the best time of my life doing my training.

    Good luck with your training, all i always say is enjoy every moment and start your essays in good time.

    Keep a look out for my next article
    Take Care :)

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