If you want a career that makes you highly employable, allows you to help people every day and gives you the flexibility to live and work anywhere, make sure you #knowaboutnursing.
As a nurse you’ll be working on the front line of healthcare, making a difference to the lives of patients each and every day. It’s a job with real purpose where you’ll have the opportunity to help thousands of people during your career.
You’ll also benefit from excellent job prospects, the ability to live and work anywhere in the country and have the opportunity to take your career in a number of directions.
Three reasons to choose nursing
Nursing is a great career that offers fantastic opportunities. Here are three reasons why you should consider becoming a nurse:
- it is a highly employable career – 94% of nursing graduates have a job within six months of graduating and nursing is the degree with the highest employability rate
- it has a social purpose – as a nurse you have the opportunity to help people and make a difference to their lives
- it is flexible – you’ll be able to work anywhere in the country and even have the opportunity to work overseas
The different types of nursing
There are four different fields of nursing that you can pursue a career in. These are:
- Adult nursing – as an adult nurse you’ll work with adults of all ages, helping them with a range of health conditions
- Children’s nursing – as a children’s nurse you’ll work with children, ensuring they get the care they require
- Mental health nursing – as a mental health nurse you’ll have the opportunity to work with both adults and children to promote and support their recovery from mental health problems
- Learning disability nursing – as a learning disability nurse you’ll provide specialist healthcare and support to people with learning disabilities
How to become a nurse
There are a number of ways to become a nurse, including vocational options, but many people study a degree in nursing. There are nursing degree courses available at universities across the UK – you can find the right course for on our Course finder. Find out more about studying to be a nurse.
Find out more
As well as the information on this page, you'll also find:
- useful set of FAQs
- the roles in nursing
- studying to be a nurse
- working as a nurse from overseas
- returning to nursing
- our booklet on careers in nursing
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Adult nurses work with old and young adults with a range of health conditions. They use caring, counselling, managing, teaching and interpersonal skills to improve the quality of patients' lives. Work may be based in hospital wards, clinics or community settings and you may do shift work to provide 24-hour care.
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Children's nurses work with patients in a range of situations e.g. babies born with heart complications, teenagers who have sustained broken limbs and child protection issues. As well as working with children, children’s nurses work with the family or carers to ensure that he or she does not suffer additionally from the stress of being ill or in hospital.
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People with learning disabilities often have a wide range of physical and mental health conditions. Learning disability nurses provide specialist care in partnership with clients and their carers. Their main aim is to support the well-being and social inclusion of people with a learning disability by improving or maintaining their physical and mental health. For example, teaching someone the skills to find work can help them lead a more independent and healthy life.
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One in three people has a mental health problem at some point in their life. The wide range of conditions treated includes depression and schizophrenia, as well as personality and psychological disorders. Mental health nursing is a complex and demanding area. They work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other professionals to help people with mental ill health.