Nurses are an integral part of the healthcare service which every individual relies upon throughout their life. Nursing positions vary greatly but all nurses provide medical care and support that looks after our health and wellbeing.
Who can I work for?
Nurses are predominately employed by the NHS or private hospitals. Schools, prisons, hospices, medical practices, the armed forces and large corporations also employ them.
Where and when can I work?
Some nursing staff are employed during regular working hours, such as a GP or school nurse, but the majority of positions are within hospitals or other institutions that operate 24 hours per day.
What qualifications do I need?
Training is essential to become a nurse; individuals can take a diploma or a degree course. Diploma courses usually take three years to complete, whilst degree courses may take an extra year to finish.
Do I need any experience?
Student nurses gain invaluable experience before entering a work environment since training is based around both theory and practical experience.
What attributes are needed?
Nurses need to possess technical skills as well as certain personal skills such as sensitivity, remain calm under pressure, sense of duty and physical fitness.
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