Far be it from me –

Guest Post By NurseWithGlasses – 20 Commandments For Mental Health Workers

Thou shalt respect your client and not judge;

Thou shalt increase the well-being, opportunities and happiness of your client;

Thou shalt be in time for appointments and ‘phone calls. It will show your client that he matters;

Thou shalt have a well-chosen and well-timed sense of humour;

Thou shalt reconsider your ‘professional distance’ if it makes your client feel he stands alone; Show that you are a person too.

Thou shalt not let your bad mood or personal issues influence your professional attitude;

Thou shalt have an open conversation if your client is suicidal and give good support and protection if necessary;

Thou shalt not hide behind a newspaper on the ward or make any other unapproachable impression otherwise;

Thou shalt not hide and chat in the nurses’ offices but be with your clients as much as possible to create a safe and friendly environment;

Thou shalt consider family and good friends of your clients as team players (unless it’s impossible) and support them well in the interests of your client;

Thou shalt inspire and support your colleagues to make mental healthcare as good and friendly as possible and ask and give feedback on a regular basis to become a ‘winning team’;

Thou shalt inform your clients well about side effects of medication, observe well and help to find solutions if needed;

Thou shalt not avoid the subject ‘sexual side effects of medication’;

Thou shalt help your client to get good dental and physical care and support them on doctor and dentist visits if needed;

Thou shalt help your client to exercise on a regular basis (walk, run, cycle etc) to increase their health

Thou shalt support your client to overcome financial or housing problems and fight bureaucracy;

Thou shalt listen well to the client’s aspirations for their life and give support to achieve them;

Thou shalt stand up for the rights of your client;

Thou shalt fight the stigma of mental illness on every opportunity;

Thou shalt help your client to keep up hope


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One response to “Guest Post By NurseWithGlasses – 20 Commandments For Mental Health Workers

  1. amira shaw says:

    hi NurseWithGlasses,
    that really sums it up, or should I say that the list can go on and on. I don’t know about the client, but the client’s family will never be satisfied with what we do. We are working as hard as we can to make their life comfortable, hope some day the nurses will get the respect and the position they deserve in the society.


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