Being a Registered General Nurse (RGN) can be a challenging and fulfilling career – one that can be a route into many specialist areas, such as a clinical, research, educational or management role. In fact, nursing can be a very diverse career. While you will, of course, find plenty of nursing jobs in hospitals, where there is a need for healthcare, such as GP surgeries, clinics, residential homes, schools or even the military.
If you’re considering working in healthcare or nursing, here are some career tips to get you started:
Nursing course qualifications
To become a RGN, at the very least, you’ll need a Diploma of Higher Education in nursing, but most registered general nurses today have a degree. In fact, many newly qualified nurses go on to do their the year after they complete their degree. These nurses tend to progress quicker becoming unit managers or clinical specialists.
Typically, 5 GCSEs and 2 A-levels are required to be accepted onto an accredited nursing course. To find which universities offer courses in nursing, visit the . When you apply you’ll need to decide : adult, child, mental health or learning disabilities. .
A full time nursing course requires a minimum of three years. Part-time study can take five to six years to complete. Those who already have a health-related degree may be able to undertake a two-year . Check for details here. Typically, half of your degree will be spent in clinical practice working shifts as part of a team. When it comes to employability,
Final steps to working as a Registered General Nurse
When you qualify, to become a registered nurse, . However, even if successful, your study doesn’t end there. Nurses are expected to update their skills throughout their working life in what’s known as .
Jobs in nursing exist in both the private and public sectors. The NHS welcomes applications from all ages and backgrounds and, in the past to help pay for tuition fees, but . However, the NHS will . Many of these go on to train to be fully qualified nurses. If you’re wondering if a career in nursing is right for you, this might be a good way to get a feel for nursing work. Alternatively, you could try working in a voluntary capacity with a charity organisation, such as St John’s Ambulance.
As for salaries, the healthcare sector has always been associated with low pay, but . Private sector wages tend to be higher than for those working in the NHS where .
Nursing can be a difficult and emotionally draining career, but can also be very rewarding for those with the right mind-set for the work.
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