Nursing

Nurses work as part of a multi-skilled team. The deliver care in hospitals, doctors surgeries, schools, and clinics.

Discover more about roles and potential career routes, below.

Adult Nursing

As the name would suggest, this role takes care of people aged over 18. They assess service users’ needs and support the planning and delivery of care.

Adult Nurses are an essential part of multi skilled teams in hospitals. They also work in community settings and people’s homes.

Typical entry requirements:

  • The most common route for adult nursing is via completion of a university degree

  • For undergraduate courses, 2 or 3 A-Levels / 5 GCSEs (A-C/4-9) including English and Science

  • There are also Apprenticeship routes into Nursing.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

£25,655.

Learning Disability Nursing

Learning Disability Nurses support service users of all age. The take on a range of duties to help maintain or improve their mental and physical health.

In this role, you may help people to develop new skills and develop relationships with others.

Typical entry requirements

  • The most common entry route for learning disability nursing is via university

  • For undergraduate courses, 2 or 3 A-Levels / 5 GCSEs (A-C/4-9) including English and Science

  • Apprenticeships are also a popular route into nursing.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

£25,655.

Nursing Associate

Nursing Associates help registered nurses to look after service users. They cover a wide range of duties, some of which may include:

  • Clinical tasks such as ECGs and taking blood

  • Clinical observations (taking blood pressure, temperature, pulse and breathing rates)

  • Briefing other  staff on conditions (test results, condition, behaviour)

  • Supporting families upon receiving bad news

  • Helping service users to manage their own conditions)

Typical entry requirements:

  • If you do not have the relevant qualifications, you may need to complete English and Maths tests.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

Between £20,330 and £22,549.

General Practice Nursing

General Practice Nurses (GPNs) care for service users of all ages and backgrounds. They are responsible for wound management, vaccinations, family planning and sexual health services.

Typical entry requirements:

  • You must be a registered Adult, Paediatric, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse.

  • See other nursing roles for entry requirements for undergraduate courses

  • Work as a Healthcare Assistant or Assistant Practitioner and develop your skills

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

£32,306

Mental Health Nursing

Mental Health Nurses support  children and adults with a variety of conditions. Duties range from supporting service users with medication, social activities or therapy options,

These roles work in a hospital, in peoples’ homes or community health centres.

Typical entry requirements:

  • The most common entry route for mental health nursing is via university

  • For undergraduate courses, 2 or 3 A-Levels / 5 GCSEs (A-C/4-9) including English and Science

  • Apprenticeships are also an entry route into nursing

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

£25,655.

Paediatric (Children's) Nursing

Paediatric Nurses work with under 18’s and give support to their family members and/or carers.

Typical entry requirements:

  • The most common route for paediatric nursing is via university

  • For undergraduate courses, 2 or 3 A-Levels / 5 GCSEs (A-C/4-9) including English and Science

  • Apprenticeships are also a popular entry route into nursing

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

£25,655

What skills and qualities to become a Nurse?

Caring

Being supportive and caring of others 

Emotional Resilience

Being able to manage stress when dealing with difficult and demanding situations

Team Work Skills

Being able to work with others to provide the best care 

Communication Skills

Being able to communicate clearly to people from a wide range of different backgrounds