January 7th, 2015


Are You Considering Nursing as a Career?

If you are considering a career in nursing you may be surprised by the choices available to you - It is certainly a most challenging but eminently rewarding occupation with a great deal of different settings you could find yourself in. A caring attitude is essential as is patience and determination. This is one profession that can offer you a great deal of personal satisfaction through being able to genuinely make a positive contribution to peoples' lives when they most need it.

You can start with no qualifications at all as a healthcare assistant and get your training in a hospital, or you can opt for state registered nurse training qualification at the outset. Either way you will find plenty of support and encouragement from the NHS who will train, house and support you as well as offer you a placement plus plenty of on the job experience along the way.

There are many roles in nursing to choose from but either way you will need to be registered with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) in order to progress towards getting your nursing diploma. These diplomas will be replaced soon (early 2013) with the new nursing degree programme. you will need to check with the universities to see which degree courses they are currently offering.

There are excellent opportunities for promotion and ultimately managmentl and consultant positions once the required level of experience and professionalism has been reached. Are you up to the challenge? 

Here are some of the many roles available in nursing -

Neonatal, Adult nurses, Theatre, District, Children's nurses, Health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, Mental health, Healthcare assistants, Learning disability and prison nurses.

Neonatal Nurses

Neonatal nurses care for prematurely born and/or sick newborn babies, as such they are expected to co-ordinate with parents, hospitals, GPs and carers in this demanding and highly important nursing role.
The main problems they have to manage are respiratory problems that newborn babies are often prone to, needing skilled attention and monitoring as this condition is often life-threatening. This is a highly specialised area of nursing as the newborn babies need to be kept in a controlled environment, require specialised feeding procedures and kept warm at all times. There are a number of levels you can pursue this career option to expert level and gain a degree of independence in the role. The BAPM minimum standard is supported by the Neonatal Nurses Association regarding the care of sick and preterm babies. The NNA was founded in 1997.

Adult Nurses

Adult nurses care for both young and older people with a diverse range of health problems.They will often have to deal with very difficult situations, being responsible for the care of many patients during their working day who may be disabled, injured or chronically ill. They monitor patients' ongoing progress and plan their care and treatment alongside their doctors. Some adult nurses are required to be available on call 24 hours a day in hospital wards and many others opt for health centre or community based duties.

They are relied upon to recognise the early stages of illnesses and, as such, play a vital role in the promotion of community health in general. They also play a key part in the care of terminally ill patients, responding to the needs of their families and carers. Adult nurses are mainly required to work in hospitals but these days are increasingly found in community care, in general practice, specialist units, health centres, schools, care homes and hospices.

As an adult nurse you would sometimes need to travel between clinics, hospitals as well as giving information to patients regarding their medications. They have to juggle their priorities and also use caring,  managing, counselling, teaching and all aspects of communication skills to provide the valuable service and support that everybody needs at some time in their life.

Theatre Nurses

Theatre nurses provide care and support during surgery, assisting the surgeons during operations. So as such you would expect to find them just in hospital operating theatres,  assisting with anaesthetic and repsiratory procedures. But they also give valuable care and support to patients before, during and after surgery in private health care clinics as well.

They used to be (and in some cases are still) called scrub nurses as they would often be needed to assist the surgeons in scrubbing up before surgery. Their duties nowadays are much more intensely demanding in nature, often assisting the surgeons throughout the entire operation. They do need additional training for this role as there are many specialised procedures they need to be familiar with in order to help to ensure the patients' best and quickest possibility of a full recovery after surgery.

Live-In Nurses

Generally speaking, most people prefer to be looked after in their own home, with their family members around them, that way they feel much more comfortable. Sometimes being in a hospital can feel demeaning and undignified, as well as impersonal and lacking in privacy.  It is also less of a burden on the NHS if the patient can be just as well looked after at home.

Some people opt for being in the care of live-in nurses who can be of invaluable assistance to patients whose carer or relatives are in need of a respite from caring for them full-time. These kind of nurses are also greatly in demand for the care of the chronic and terminally ill.

After a period of hospitalization, following surgery, when recuperating from a period of illness , in order to avoid admission to (or reduce time being in) hospital, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease Dementia, Alzheimer’s and stroke sufferers (or their carers) often opt for live-in nursing services in preference to moving into a residential care facility.

Private live-in nurses will be able to provide professional nursing care for the patient at home as well as being able to provide some help with housekeeping, cooking and provide much-needed company and support. They will co-ordinate with the patient’s GP, family and NHS services as well as collecting and administering prescription drugs for patients.