Amanda is a registered Mental Health nurse who specialised in caring for individuals diagnosed with personality disorders. She first joined ARU in September 2020, and she is now a full-time lecturer for the BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing.
Amanda Griffin qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 2017 and completed her masters in mental health between 2019-2020. As a qualified nurse, Amanda has specialised in the care of individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorders and has worked across inpatient and community services supporting this patient group. Within her role as a staff nurse on a specialist personality disorders ward, Amanda completed training as a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and continues to work closely with the inpatient team and deliver 1:1 therapy.
Amanda started working in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University in September 2020, taking on the role of distance learning tutor on the Masters in Mental Health, and during time Amanda transitioned to working in mental health research. Following a year working in research, Amanda took up a full-time position lecturing at Anglia Ruskin University where she teaches on the undergraduate mental health nursing programme.
As a result of her experiences working within specialist personality disorder services, Amanda is interested in exploring staff attitudes to working with individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorder, and how the principles of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy can be applied within staffing groups to manage negative attitudes and minimise nursing staff burnout. Amanda is also interested in exploring the meaning of specialist mental health services and investigating what the term ‘specialist’ means.
Henry, J., Collins, E., Griffin, A. and Zimbron, J., 2021. Treatment of severe emotionally unstable personality disorder with comorbid Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and functional neurological disorder in an inpatient setting: a case for specialist units without restrictive interventions. Case Reports in Psychiatry, 2021.