Nurses give care, advice and support to adults who are sick, injured or have physical disabilities.

You’ll need:

  • a degree in adult nursing;
  • to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC);
  • clearance from the disclosure and Barring Service.

Nursing degree apprenticeships are being developed in 2017.  Health Careers have information about all nurse training, including nursing degree apprenticeships.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have information on how to become a nurse.

You will need the following skills:

  • excellent organisational and time management skills;
  • good practical skills;
  • the ability to inspire confidence and trust in people;
  • the ability to remain calm under pressure;
  • good teamwork skills and the ability to work on your own initiative;
  • excellent listening and communication skills.
  • You’ll work in hospitals, nursing homes, health centres, clinics or prisons.
  • In an NHS hospital you could work in accident and emergency, cardiac rehabilitation, outpatients, neonatal nursing or an operating theatre.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • taking temperatures, blood pressures and pulse rates;
  • helping doctors with physical examinations;
  • giving drugs and injections;
  • cleaning and dressing wounds;
  • setting up drips and blood transfusions;
  • using medical equipment;
  • checking patients’ progress;
  • working with doctors to decide what care to give;
  • advising patients and their relatives;
  • handling confidential information.
Starter £20,000 –  25,500
Experienced £26,500 to £41,000
Highly Experienced Up to £90,000 (Nurse Consultants)
Working Conditions

You’ll usually work 37.5 hours a week including evenings, weekends, night shifts and bank holidays.

The job can be physically demanding.

Most jobs are in the NHS. You could work in hospital wards, nursing homes, hospices, schools, colleges, private hospitals and in the community, visiting patients at home.

Further Information

For further information click on the links below:

Next Steps

Health Careers

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Department for Health


Royal College of Nursing