1.6 New ways of working: People living with mental illness require access to a range of services to strengthen their community … Health Workforce Australia has signalled potentially far more sweeping changes. Against such a backdrop, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have produced their Clinical Practice Guideline 42. The nurse has traditionally had a central role in psychiatric care. Some patients may be in special locked psychiatric units. Role attributes of the community psychiatric nurse. Manthorpe et al. Some examples of roles are Personal Helpers and Mentors, Nurse Practitioners, Peer Professionals/Support Workers, Aboriginal Mental Health Workers, employment counsellors. Role attributes of the CPN In formulating public and health service policy to respond to such need, community psychiatric nurses (CPNs) have often been cited as an integral and valued component of primary care, and experts in this specialized field of care delivery (Keady et al., 2003). Work characteristics It is important that a nurse considering working in community health, is able to assume responsibility and a leadership role, take initiative in emergencies, have strong communication skills, can work autonomously and as part of a team, maintains patience and discretion when providing health care, and is open to working both in a clinical setting and off-site, such as conducting home visits. The average hours worked per week from 2014 to 2018 by mental health nurses declined slightly, for both registered nurses (36.8 to 36.5) and enrolled nurses (35.1 to 34.2). The proportion of the mental health nurse workforce aged 55 and over increased from 31.5% in 2014 to 32.1% in 2018. As a mental health nurse, you could work in hospitals, private practices, community health centres or clinics where you would help counsel patients individually or in groups.