Nurse

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Job Description

Nurses work with other professionals to provide care and assistance to patients. This could be in an hospital, health centre, hospice, care home or in their own home. They will administer medicines, treatments and therapies, provide pre and post operation care, take samples, pulses, blood pressure amongst many other duties. Nurses normally work a regular number of hours but this would include evenings, night and weekend shifts.

Entry Requirements

You'll need:

Nursing degree apprenticeships are being developed in 2017. Health Careers have information about all nurse training, including nursing degree apprenticeships.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have information on how to become a nurse.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a nursing sister, ward manager or team leader.

You could train as a midwife, neonatal nurse, health visitor, district or practice nurse. You could move into management, as a matron or director of nursing.

With a master's, you could become an advanced nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist then a nurse consultant.

You could also become self-employed or work overseas.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Community matron
  • District nurse
  • Health visitor
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Learning disability nurse

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A caring and empathetic nature
  • A natural compassion to provide support to suffering patients
  • The ability to keep calm in stressful situations
  • Good communication skills 
  • The ability to deal with people from different backgrounds
  • A good sense of humour
  • Physical and mental strength

Starting Salary

£22,000 to £48,000

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