Shadowing a DoctorNovember 22, 2013
If working in an interesting, challenging and rewarding environment is what you dream about, a career in nursing has plenty to offer. Nurses are the largest staff segment in most healthcare settings and form a crucial part of any healthcare team. Nurses operate in varied health settings, from emergency rooms and maternity wards to general practice.
Qualification And Training
In order to work as a nurse in the UK, you have to be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. This means that you necessarily have to acquire a degree in nursing as Diploma courses have been discontinued. If for any reason you cannot acquire a degree at the outset, you have the option to work your way up from being a healthcare assistant to applying for a degree course. However, you are still required to meet all the entry requirements before obtaining your registration certificate that allows you to practice as a nurse in the UK.
Choose From A Wide Range Of Nursing Specialties
Depending on your education, training and experience, you will find numerous opportunities available for moving up the ranks in a nursing career. Some of the areas you can branch out to after a few years of experience include managing teams, running wards or becoming a consultant.
If you are interested in specialising in any one area of healthcare as a nurse, there are several options to choose from. Here are some of the most popular specialty areas for nurses:
- Adult nurses – This role involves working with adults of all ages who are suffering from diverse health conditions.
- Children’s nurses – Children’s nurses care for and treat children with a range of health issues and complications, from problems that affect a child’s development to teenagers with broken limbs.
- Mental health nurses – Mental health nurses work with patients who are suffering from various mental illnesses that range from psychological and personality disorders to psychoses and neuroses.
- Disability and learning nurses-Patients who suffer from learning disabilities also tend to suffer from many mental and health conditions and nurses who work in this field help these patients lead a more healthy and independent life.
- Theatre nurses– Theatre nurses are highly qualified and will have completed additional training that allows them to provide much needed support during surgery.
- Neonatal nurses– Neonatal nurses care for premature babies and newborn babies suffering from various birth complications.
- Health visitors– These are generally registered midwives or nurses who have moved through some additional training and work as crucial members of any primary healthcare team. They work in the community.
- School nurses– School nurses may be employed by schools or by the NHS locally.
- District nurses – District nurses care for and treat people of varying ages in GP surgeries or the patient’s residences.
If you are compassionate, caring and committed to helping people, you will find that a career in nursing offers you the opportunity of being in a profession you will enjoy.