How to become a nurse - read our helpful tips
The desire to enter into the nursing profession is more of a calling than a conscious choice. As an individual, you will no doubt be caring, considerate and have a real urge to help those who are in need of care.
It’s a tough vocation to be involved in and there will be days when it will pull at your heartstrings, but your desire to make people feel better and well cared for will encourage you to keep moving down your chosen career path.
So how do you become the next Florence Nightingale?
Here are some tips from our experienced nurses at Nurseplus:
To qualify as a nurse, you will need to complete a degree in nursing and you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
There are four major specialisms to choose from (adult, children, mental health or learning disability) and you can expect to spend half of your nursing degree on supervised placements in hospitals, care homes and community settings.
Get back to the books
There is a set criteria of requirements you must first check off before applying to study nursing – usually five GCSE’s including English, Maths and Science, plus A-Levels or an equivalent certification, i.e. BTEC Diploma in Health and Social Care.
You will also need to demonstrate that you don’t have any past criminal convictions and will need to complete a health questionnaire to identify any special needs or disabilities.
A good selection of universities across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales offer nursing courses. To find the course that’s right for you, visit the NHS Careers website and pop along to an open day at each university to find out more information from lecturers and current students.
Once you’ve decided on a university, you can apply for a place through UCAS. If you currently work in the healthcare sector, then your employer may be able to support your application.
Get a job
Once you’ve attained the coveted nursing degree, the opportunities are endless. Here at Nurseplus, we’re always on the lookout for hardworking, ambitious nurses to work across the community, hospitals and healthcare organisations.
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