Adult nurse

Adult nursing is a rewarding and challenging career where you have a real chance to make a difference to people's lives. As part of your job, you can expect to learn practical skills and procedures that benefit patients. 

This page has information on being an adult nurse and links to further information. 

Working life 

From the start of your training and into your first job, you will learn how to observe patients and assess their needs. You’ll learn to plan and deliver the most appropriate care for them, and evaluate the results. 

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Your nursing career will mean working with adults of all ages. They may suffer from one or more long or short-term physical health conditions. This could include heart disease, injuries from an accident, pneumonia, arthritis, diabetes or cancer.

Building a trusting relationship with each patient is essential. Your aim is to improve your patients’ quality of life, whatever their situation.  You’ll need to take lots of factors into account and juggle many priorities to get the best possible outcomes for patients. 

In A&E I was shown how to cope with absolutely anything, and did things I never dreamed of.’ Paul Malone, triage nurse.

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Adult nurses are a key part of the multidisciplinary teams that look after patients. You will be at the centre of teams that can include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, radiographers and healthcare assistants. You'll also work closely with patients' families and carers. 

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