Paul Harries BSc Mental Health Nursing

What did you enjoy the most about the course and studying at Swansea University?

I enjoyed my placements the most and I also liked the positive friendly atmosphere at the University.

What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?

Critical analysis skills, exposure to different patient groups so you learn how to react and respond in a therapeutic manner with a view to helping with a patient’s recovery.

What have you gone on to do after graduating?

  • ABMU Health Board - Staff Nurse (Mental Health Directorate)
  • Her Majesty’s Prison Service - Primary Care Mental Health Nurse and Drug Recovery Wing Nurse
  • Tascor - Relief Forensic health practitioner for South Wales Police
  • ABMU Health Board - Relapse Prevention Co-coordinator and Substance Misuse nurse
  • Swansea University - Mental Health Practitioner and advisor (Wellbeing Service)

Where are you working now?

Swansea University - Mental Health Practitioner and Advisor (Wellbeing Service).
I enjoy the variety of people I see and having time to spend time with individuals to explore their issues and help them through some of the difficulties they are facing.

What would your advice be to new students?
Take full advantage of your placements and get as much experience you can in areas through normal or short placements - this will help you identify which areas you have the most flare for.

Also think outside the box! You don’t always have to be employed by the NHS to be a mental health nurse!