My job

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

I have always had a genuine and instinctive desire to provide care and support to people, says Risq Animasaun
Risq Animasaun

Senior staff nurse Risq Animasaun reflects on the values needed in mental health nursing

What is your job?

I work as a senior staff nurse on a general psychiatric, female-only ward at the Nightingale Hospital, a private mental health hospital in London. I may work on any of the other wards too, depending on demand.

What are your main responsibilities?

My work is multifaceted so I have to be able to manage strategically, prioritise and adapt to changing situations. I also have to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with colleagues and other professionals, and liaise with patients’ friends and relatives.

As part of a multidisciplinary team, I must ensure that the ward is safe and running efficiently. This includes providing leadership, supervision and support to junior members of staff.

I also attend meetings to advocate on behalf of


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