Psychiatric Nurse Jobs in Ireland

Contact us directly for Psychiatric Nursing Jobs.

Access Healthcare provides Psychiatric Nurses with jobs and positions across Ireland. We have a range of hospitals, acute or community-based. We also have shifts at day centres and community residences. The jobs and shifts we have vary from full-time, part-time, and temporary.

Nurses with a Psychiatric Nursing background typically join us for the flexibility and variety of agency nursing. The opportunities and bookings available are nationwide.

If you have any questions about using your Psychiatric Nursing skills in an agency nursing environment, please feel free to reach out to us.

The Roles and Responsibilities of a Psychiatric Nurse in Ireland

Psychiatric Nursing is a specialist nursing discipline that works with people who are experiencing mental health problems. Psychiatric Nurses work with both the individuals and their families in times of distress and help them overcome and manage these types of situations. This is a highly person-centered discipline that focuses fully on the care and treatment of the individual or family in need. Psychiatric nursing care is constantly evolving to meet the challenging mental health needs and the way mental healthcare is delivered.

Psychiatric Nurses take on a 4-year program (degree) that provides them with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the individual and/or family. There are many important skills a Psychiatric Nurse needs to be good at their job, here are just a few of them:

  • Compassion
  • Resilience
  • Communication
  • Problem-Solving
  • Adaptability


Key Certifications & Qualifications for Psychiatric Nurse Jobs in Ireland

In Ireland, a career as a Psychiatric Nurse, also known as a Mental Health Nurse, requires a specific set of qualifications and certifications. This area of nursing focuses on supporting people with mental health issues and requires a deep understanding of mental health and a compassionate approach to patient care.

The fundamental requirement for a Psychiatric Nursing job is a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mental Health Nursing from a program approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). This degree program takes four years to complete and combines theoretical knowledge with supervised clinical placements.

Upon successful completion of the degree, registration with the NMBI is necessary to practice legally in Ireland. The NMBI maintains a specific division in its register for Psychiatric Nurses. This registration requires ongoing professional development and ethical practice, with renewal needed annually.

Additional certifications can be beneficial, particularly in areas related to mental health, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), or certifications in dealing with specific mental health issues like eating disorders, substance misuse, or child and adolescent mental health.

For certain roles, a postgraduate degree or a specialised diploma in a particular area of mental health may be advantageous or required. Furthermore, like in general nursing, Basic Life Support (BLS) or other emergency response training is often necessary.

Finally, for international nurses, proficiency in English is a requirement in Ireland, usually demonstrated through an approved English language test such as IELTS or OET.