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Michaela Hallett

Michaela Hallett

Health care assistant

Humber NHS Foundation Mental Health Trust

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Humber NHS Foundation Mental Health Trust

Health care assistant

Whilst studying my mental health nurse training, I worked as a casual health care assistant on a variety of mental health units such as acute admission wards, treatment wards and challenging behaviour wards, both in adult and older adult settings. My main responsibilities and duties where to help contribute to maintain a safe and productive environment and would include tasks such as undertaking supportive observations, escorting patients off the ward (if appropriate), assisting with personal care and meals and creating a therapeutic relationship with patients.

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Humber Mental Health Foundation Trust

Staff Nurse Mental Health

I worked as a qualified staff nurse from January 2013 until the present on a mental health unit for older adults with cognitive impairments (usually a dementia type illness) who where presenting with challenging behaviours. As a staff nurse I took the role as shift co ordinator and it was part of my role to delegate tasks to staff, administer prescribed medication, act as aware coordinator for patients and ensure all relevant aspects of their care needs are met, attend and chair meetings, liase with different services and families.

During my time as a staff nurse I have faced many difficult situations which required initiative and experience. I attended all of my mandatory training which remains in date.

I made the choice to leave my post to peruse other opportunities in Australia for which I currently hold a working holiday visa. I will be coming to Australia the commencing December and I'm hoping to gain experience as a PCA at the present and possibly look at working as a staff nurse in the future.

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Hull University

Diploma in Mental Health Nursing