Is anyone studying MH nursing at present? How are you finding your course? What prior experience did you need to begin with?
I am contemplating a career change and this is something which interests me. However, I am well into my forties, haven't studied in years and am unsure about and funding, as I have a P.G.C.E from nearly 20 years ago.
BlitzenandMikey - hello I am weeks away from qualifying as a mental health nurse. I just want to say - be sure about the reasons you are choosing mh nursing. I wished I'd worked in mental health before hand. I'm in Wales so I can only speak for Wales. There is a means tested bursary available aswell as student loans. The degree is paid for by the NHS.
You will probably have many transferable skills from other roles and life in general. Do you have children? However, I would advise if not working, definitely volunteering to see how you feel. I wish I had, I would have studied to become an OT (OT assistant even). I will be completely honest, I have struggled. I am a single parent with 3 dd's with no support from their father and very limited childcare. Other than that I enjoyed learning and in nursing we learn every day and will continue too. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.