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Nurse

Nurses care for adults who are sick, injured or have physical disabilities.

Potential salary

£24,907 to £37,890

Employment by 2024

+4.68%

Working hours

37 to 42 a week

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • a desire to help people
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

In this role you will:

  • take temperatures, blood pressures and pulse rates
  • help doctors with physical examinations
  • give drugs and injections
  • clean and dress wounds
  • set up drips and blood transfusions
  • use medical equipment
  • monitor patients' progress
  • update patient records and handover information to colleagues at the end of a shift
  • work with doctors and other healthcare professionals to decide what care to give
  • give advice to patients and their relatives

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a health centre, at a hospice, at an adult care home, at a client's home or in a prison.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

With experience, you could specialise in a particular field such as intensive care or operating theatre work, or become a nursing sister, ward manager or team leader.

You could train as a midwife, neonatal nurse, health visitor, or district or practice nurse. You could also move into management, as a matron or director of nursing.

With a postgraduate qualification, you could become an advanced nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, then a nurse consultant. There are opportunities to go into teaching and research.

You could also become self-employed or work overseas.

You can find out more about career progression from the Royal College of Nursing.

You'll find more advice about how to become a nurse from the Royal College of Nursing and Health Careers.

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