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Switching or returning to nursing?

It may be easier than you think, and you may be surprised by the number of skills that can transfer to nursing. Plus, few other professions offer you as much opportunity for growth and development, or let you make a real difference to people’s lives. 

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  • There’s a route into nursing for everyone – whether you hold a science or health-related degree, a degree in a different subject, or no formal qualifications at all.

    Most people start with a two or three-year nursing degree, which are usually applied for through UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service). Once you've got your degree, you'll need to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council – this is often included as part of your degree course.

    Once you're a registered nurse, you’ll have ongoing opportunities to learn new skills and further your career on the job.

    Discover training to be a nurse

  • There are four areas of nursing you can specialise in, and you’ll need to know which you’d like to study when applying for a university course.


    Adult nursing specialises in caring for people aged 18 and above. Some may have one health condition to manage, others may have multiple conditions. You’ll work with a wide range of specialists to deliver the best outcome.


    A child nurse aims to minimise the effects of illness on children, ensuring they develop into healthy, happy adults. You’ll work closely with parents or guardians and other healthcare specialists in this role.

    Learning disabilities

    You’ll work with adults and children who have a range of learning disabilities. A learning disabilities nurse works to improve or maintain their patient's health, encourage independent living and help them lead a fulfilling life.

    Mental health 

    You’ll support people with a range of mental health conditions. Some may need long-term care, others short-term support. As a mental health nurse, you’ll help them take more control over their condition.

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  • If you’re taking a degree or relevant nursing qualification, financial help is available to support your studies.

    • Annual payments of £5,000 - £8,000 will be available for all student nurses help you during your studies. Learn more about the annual payment
    • Student loans through the Students Loans Company
    • Further financial support is available from the NHS Business Services Authority, should you need it
    • Parents may qualify for support from The Learning Support Fund

    Learn more about financial support here.

  • Nursing is more than just a job. It’s an opportunity to develop a career, continually improve your skills and increase your earnings. Everyone who joins the NHS is guaranteed a salary to match their ability and responsibilities, and you’ll always be able to increase your salary through training and development. 

    Nursing pay grades

  • If you’ve taken a break from nursing and are thinking of returning you'll find there's plenty to look forward to.

    Come back to a team

    You may be surprised by how our culture’s changed while you’ve been away. We're much more focused on teamwork and training, so you’ll find yourself working as part of a multidisciplinary team, collaborating with a range of specialists to deliver seamless care to your patients.

    Flexible working hours

    We also offer more flexibility around working hours, which can be helpful if you’ve taken time out to start a family or you need to care for someone.

    Continual professional development

    We’ve continued to invest in our professional development career paths, which means you’ll always have the opportunity to learn and grow, whatever your role. 

    Learn more about a return to nursing

Interested in nursing?

We’ll send you free, expert advice on starting a nursing career.

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