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Mental health nursing

Please prepare for all clinical and theoretical areas listed below.

Clinical – Mental health nursing

(a) Care of patients with acute and enduring or chronic conditions
(b) Care of adults and older people
(c) Community care
(d) Continuing care and rehabilitation
(e) Specialist mental health care: substance
(f) Care of children and young people with mental health problems

Theoretical – Mental health nursing

(a) Nursing – nature and ethics of the profession, general nursing principles, nursing principles in relation to: general and specialist medicine, general and specialist surgery, child care and paediatrics, maternity care, mental health and psychiatry and care of the old and geriatrics.

(b) Basic sciences – anatomy and physiology, pathology, bacteriology, virology and parasitology, biophysics, biochemistry and radiology, dietetics, hygiene, preventive medicine, health education and pharmacology.

(c) Social sciences – sociology, psychology, principles of administration, principles of teaching, social and health legislation and legal aspects of nursing.

NMC nursing blueprints

You will need to read the documents below to prepare for your test.

Please note there is a list of recommended readings at the end of each blue print. 

Generic nursing domains

Domain 1: Professional values 
Domain 2: Communication and interpersonal skills 
Domain 3: Nursing practice and decision-making 
Domain 4: Leadership, management and team working  

Field specific competencies

Mental health nursing 

Additional recommended reading for overseas applications