carreer image People from all walks of life and with all types of health problems depend on the professional skills and care of nurses.

It’s a highly responsible and extremely varied job, where people skills and initiative are essential for the hands-on care that nurses provide. As well as working in hospitals, there are opportunities across the community, such as in GP practices, clinics, and schools.

Did you know?

  • 94% of nursing students get a job within six months of finishing their course.

  • You can become a nurse by completing an apprenticeship meaning you will earn whilst you learn

  • One in 10 hospital nurses in Britain are male. Fifty years ago, the figure was one in a hundred.

This video from a group of our nurses and midwives who work in a range of areas including adult nursing, midwifery, NHS 111, mental health and learning disability nursing

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Adult nursing specialises in caring for people aged 18 and above.

Child nursing specialises in caring for people aged under 18

You will support adults and children with a range of mental health conditions. Mental health nursing is a demanding but rewarding career choice. Your role would be promoting and supporting a person’s recovery and enabling them to have more involvement and control over their condition. If you are interested in a career in mental health you can find more information here -

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

General practice nurses work in GP surgeries as part of the primary healthcare team, which might include doctors, pharmacists and dietitians.

Healthcare support workers (HCSWs) are an essential part of a health or social care team, providing high quality and compassionate care to individuals. They carry out well-defined routine clinical duties and essential fundamentals of care. HCSWs work in a range of healthcare settings and work with others from both health and social care, reporting to a registered healthcare practitioner.

The work varies depending on where you're based. In a hospital for example, you may be * washing and dressing patients * serving meals and helping to feed patients * helping people to move around * toileting * making beds * talking to patients and making them comfortable * monitoring patients' conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight In a health centres and GP surgery, you may * sterilise equipment * do health checks * restock consulting rooms * process lab samples * take blood samples * do health promotion or health education work