My job

Mental health lead Gill Drummond (right) receives the CNO Silver Award for Excellence in Nursing from chief nursing officer for England Ruth May

Mental health and dementia lead

Gill Drummond reflects on her career and what makes a good mental health nurse

Risq Animasaun

Senior staff nurse on a general psychiatric, female-only ward

I have an instinctive desire to provide care and support to people, says Risq Animasaun

Jodie Alder

Advanced nurse practitioner in personality disorder

Jodie Alder explains why she chose to work in secure services for men

Rebekah Bewsey

Children and young people’s care pathway lead and matron

RCNi award-winning team leader Rebekah Bewsey: 'I don’t think I chose nursing; it chose me'

Ann Collins

‘It is a privilege to work with people who are at their most vulnerable’

Advanced nurse practitioner Ann Collins talks about her work with older people

I am proud of the nurses my ex-students have become

'I want to see more mental health nurses doing research and building their own evidence base'

'Take the risks to better your career prospects'

Senior lecturer Nicola Evans, on how taking all opportunities can provide the best outcomes for your career, and how winning the RCN Wales Research in Nursing award broadened the horizons for child and adolescent mental health services.

60 seconds with military mental health nurse Diane Palmer

Always aim high, and be an inspirational leader who students and staff can trust and learn from, says 2017 RCNi Nurse Award winner Diane Palmer

60 seconds with lead nurse for specialist mental health services Angela Shorter 

Working in mental health gives you a huge amount of satisfaction, and the right opportunity always comes along, says lead nurse for specialist services Angela Shorter


60 seconds with foundation professor of nursing Dave Clarke

Persevere, innovate and work as a team – you achieve so much more by working together, says foundation professor of nursing Dave Clarke.

Motorbiking, wood-chopping and accidental running; what makes mental health nurse Ed...

Community mental health nurse Ed Freshwater has the medical profession in his blood. After training as a healthcare assistant, he now chairs 14,000 members of the RCN Mental Health Forum. He also has an unhealthy attachment to a log-splitting axe.


Raising the profile of mental health nursing

In 2015, Julia Terry became the first mental health nurse in the UK to be awarded a fellowship with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. She talks to Clare Lomas about the benefits of being a NICE fellow.

60 seconds with nursing professor Julia Terry

The flexibility and freedom to come up with innovative teaching ideas is something associate...

My job: mental health charity director Geoff Brennan

Geoff Brennan works anywhere there is a mental health ward or a mental health patient on a...

‘I left the NHS to start a business’

Sally Shaw was a band 7 nurse seeking a new challenge, so she took the plunge and struck out...

‘I want to work in dementia care’

Meet Megan Burrows, one of the first in a new breed of nurse apprentices

A different perspective

An inquisitive nature and a drive to succeed have taken Jacqueline Sin far

My NHS trust's development programme gave me the leg-up I needed...

Just as Lola Kehinde was getting frustrated at a lack of opportunities, her employer started...