Blog post

Career focus: Nurse

A CAREER IN NURSING

 

 

Do you possess technical and personal skills? Can you remain calm under pressure? And do you have a strong sense of duty? If so, then perhaps you’re destined for a career as a nurse.

 

Nurses are predominantly employed by the NHS or private hospitals. Schools, prisons, hospices, medical practices, the armed forces and large corporations also employ them.

 

 

WHAT DO NURSES DO?

 

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.

 

There are four nursing specialisms to choose from; Adult, children, mental health and learning disability. Click here for a full list of 25 different types of nurses, along with a more detailed breakdown of each role - https://bit.ly/2j1t3DK

 

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.

 

HOW MUCH COULD I EARN AS A NURSE?

 

The average salary for a registered nurse in the UK is £23,000. With bonuses, and other compensation, a registered nurse with less than 20 years of experience may earn up to £34,000.

 

Nonetheless, qualified nurses with up to 20 year experience can earn up to 15% more than the average amount.

 

IS BEING A NURSE THE RIGHT JOB FOR ME?

 

Nurses are usually practical people who are hardworking, dedicated and comfortable working under pressure. By the time you are fully qualified, you will be expected to have highly developed compassion for caring for the sick and injured.

 

Nurses are expected to have a friendly and approachable manner as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Flexibility and the ability to adapt are especially important for nurses as they are often required to work long hours.

 

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A QUALIFIED NURSE?

 

If you want to train as a nurse, then you will have to go university. Entry requirements are at least five A-C grade in GCSEs including English, maths and a science and at least two A levels. Most universities will look favourably upon A level biology.

 

Universities across the UK offer adult nursing BSc courses and you'll spend three years being professionally trained to work in a healthcare environment

 

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.

 

 

ARE THERE ANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAREER PROGRESSION?

 

Nursing positions are split into 9 different bands, all of which have different salaries (higher the band, higher the salary). For details on the band levels, salary and responsibilities, go to: https://bit.ly/2IA4T0Y

 

If reading this has inspired you to further look into a career in nursing follow the four steps below and you’ll be on you way

 

Step one: Choose a nursing path that best suits you

 

Step two: Go to university and earn a degree or diploma

 

Step three: Get a licence by taking an exam to demonstrate your knowledge and nursing skills

 

Step four: After becoming a nurse, continue the education (nurses are required to continue education courses, usually every two years).

 

Browse through more than 42,000 vacancies for nursing jobs live on this site here https://www.allthetopbananas.com/Jobs/nurse.aspx