Nursing offers the opportunity to have a rewarding and diverse career where you will know that every day, you’re making a difference to the happiness and wellbeing of your patients. If you are a caring person, with a good sense of compassion and commitment to helping people, you will be able to find a role that suits your interests. And with widely publicized nursing shortages across the UK, there has never been a better time to be job hunting.
To become a nurse, you will need to have a nursing degree and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This opens the door to a wide range of rewarding roles and you will find the impact you have on your patients day to day lives, whether it is in an Accident and Emergency ward or through offering long term care, is huge and makes nursing a great career choice.
Nursing in the UK is split in to 4 main specialisms: Adult nursing, Children’s nursing, Learning disability nursing and Mental health nursing. Most nurses will have specialised in one of these areas at the time they did their degree but there is nothing that prevents you from changing your specialism after you have qualified. With these 4 areas being so broad, there are a huge range of roles within each one and lots of opportunity to work in specific fields.
One of the common misconceptions is that nurses are just based in hospitals but as modern methods of care have changed, so has nursing. There are now a wide range of roles in GP surgeries, clinics, schools, hospices and offering care within the community and this trend is set to continue as non-emergency care is moved away from major hospitals and in to the community.
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CHOOSING NURSING AS A CAREER - THE NURSE JOB MARKET LANDSCAPE
There is unprecedented demand for Nurses in the UK with figures released in February 2016 showing nearly 24,000 unfilled posts within the NHS alone. The chief executive of Health Education England stated that this shortfall was expected to continue until 2020. This makes nursing one of the few positions were there are actually more jobs than job seekers and means that people, such as yourself, are heavily in demand. To make the most of this unique situation, upload your CV to JobMedic and give employers the chance to approach you about your ideal job.
The current shortage of nurses has led to a hug increase in the number of agency jobs available with some reports stating that number of agency staff working within the NHS increasing by over 100% in the space of 3 years. This means that not only are there great permanent roles out there, there is also a huge selection of part-time and bank roles available. These flexible roles are a great way to fit work around your domestic circumstances while also allowing you to gain experience in demand different areas of nursing at the same time.