Nurses are the largest staff group in the NHS. Nurses work in every type of health setting from accident and emergency (A&E) to patients' homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds.

You’ll train in one of the four fields of nursing - adult, child, learning disability or mental health. After gaining employment, you'll find there are lots of opportunities to progress your career and to specialise. Many of these opportunities will require experience and/or further training.

Community or acute? 

More nurses than ever are now working in community settings such as a GP practices, clinics, and schools and community hospitals. As more care is moved out of hospitals into the community, this will only increase.

Opportunities will continue to exist in acute hospital settings. Outpatient services, accident and emergency, operating theatres, neonatal care or neurology will always need highly trained and specialist nurses.

If you're caring, compassionate and have a commitment to helping people, you'll find a role that suits you. You'll also need to be able to communicate difficult health issues effectively and courageously.

To become a nurse, you are likely to train in one of the four specialist fields of nursing.  

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