Adult nurse

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

Why choose adult nursing

There are many reasons why you should consider a career as an adult nurse. It offers you the chance to make a difference, a high degree of flexibility and a career with excellent employment prospects.

'That’s one of the best things about choosing nursing, the fact that there are so many different options I can take and it’s so flexible.' Aisha Thabet, adult nurse

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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. 

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 results for your 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 occupational therapists, pharmacists, radiographers and healthcare assistants. You'll also work closely with patients' families and carers. 

How to become an adult nurse

To become an adult nurse you’ll need to train and study at a degree level - either through a degree course at university or a nursing degree apprenticeship. Entry requirements vary depending on where and how you’d like to study. You can find a university adult nursing course to suit you using our Course Finder tool.

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