Psychiatric Nurse Jobs & Recruitment in the Ireland

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The role

A Psychiatric Nurse is a Nurse who provides specialty mental health services to people with mental illnesses. 

 As part of the wider mental health care team, Psychiatric Nurses are expertly trained to give support and care to patients in acute hospitals with a broad spectrum of psychiatric needs. 

Their patients can range from children, teenagers, and young adults to adults and elderly people, depending on which speciality they choose to train in. 

 A Psychiatric Nurse’s duties may include:

  • Working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Treating patients with mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder, depression, or substance abuse
  • Carrying out risk assessments to assess patient wellbeing
  • Completing patient symptom assessments
  • Administering medication or giving injections
  • Tailoring care plans to each individual patient
  • Making patient referrals to other healthcare professionals, such as Doctors, Dietitians, or Psychotherapists
  • Ensuring patient records are up to date
  • Providing education on mental health conditions
  • Giving support and advice to a patient’s family or loved ones

Some of the most common mental health conditions Psychiatric Nurses deal with are eating disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse, psychosis, personality disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

Skills & qualifications

Psychiatric Nurses face an extremely challenging but equally rewarding role. Their unique position allows them to build trust with their patients, which leads to strong bonds and a quicker road to recovery. However, building trust takes a lot of time, patience, kindness, empathy, and listening - all essential skills that a Psychiatric Nurse needs to have. 

They also need to know some essential techniques, such as how to de-escalate a difficult or dangerous situation, especially when working with vulnerable or high-risk patients. 

Strong attention to detail and communication are also important skills for Psychiatric Nurses to have. They must be able to observe their patients’ behaviour and body language and communicate with them to understand when they feel strong emotions and why. 

To become a Psychiatric Nurse in Ireland, candidates must complete a mental health nursing course or degree, which is widely available at universities throughout the country. Please note that despite being university-based for nursing theory, degrees also include clinical placements in teaching hospitals for on-site training. 

Once four years of student life, exams, and clinical nursing placements are complete, they can register as Psychiatric Nurses with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). From there, provided they meet the specific entry requirements, they can apply for Psychiatric Nursing positions in Irish hospitals.

Psychiatric Nurses must complete ongoing professional development training to ensure their knowledge and skills stay up-to-date.  


In Ireland, a Psychiatric Nurse just starting their career can expect to earn a salary of €31,295. More experienced Nurses can earn up to €37,913. 

Continue your Psychiatric Nursing career with Your World

Your World Healthcare is part of the HSE framework, which means we have access to some of the best full-time and locum mental health nursing jobs in Ireland. 

Being a locum nurse comes with a wide range of excellent benefits, including more free time, better pay, a happier work-life balance, and more experience in different healthcare settings. 

Our mission is to help you find more than just work - we want you to discover a career that truly works for you. Our recruitment specialists are on hand 365 days a year to get you to those professional goals, so don’t waste another minute; register with us today or browse our current vacancies.