Nursing

If you want a career that’s interesting, rewarding and challenging, nursing will give you plenty of scope to do exactly that.  

Nurses work with people of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of settings, such as patients’ homes, communities and hospitals. 

People from all walks of life and with all types of health problems depend on the professional skills and care of nurses. A combination of people skills and initiative is essential for the hands-on care that all nurses are required to provide. 

Where you'll work 

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 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. 

Training and qualifications 

Some nurses begin their career in support roles, where vocational training is available through a Care Certificate, and go on to do a nursing degree at a university or a nurse degree apprenticeship. 

Whether you take a nursing degree, apprenticeship or apply direct to university, the degree involves undertaking clinical learning in a hospital, in people’s homes and other community care settings. 

You’ll train in one of the four fields of nursing:  

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. 

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