Nursing and midwifery careers
No two days are the same in nursing – it’s one of the most dynamic and rewarding roles within the NHS. And with ongoing training and the support of your team, you’ll be able to make it exactly what you want it to be.
All nurses, nursing associates and midwives are registered professionals, registered with the NMC and must adhere to a code of conduct.
Nursing gives you the opportunity to make a difference to people's lives on a daily basis. There are four key areas of nursing you can choose to specialise in, with each leading on to a wide range of rewarding roles with plenty of scope for progression.
Nurses work as part of a multidisciplinary team, providing direct patient care.
Types of nursing
You can work across any of the four fields of nursing:
Adult nursing is a rewarding career where you have a real chance to make a difference to people's lives. As part of your training, you can expect to learn new skills and procedures that help patients.
Child nursing involves everything from nursing a sick newborn to an adolescent road accident victim. You'll need to consider the care and support needed by the wider family, including parents and carers.
Mental health nurse
Your role is to promote and support a person’s recovery, helping them live independent and fulfilling lives.
Learning disability nurse
Learning disability nurses work to provide specialist healthcare and support to people with a learning disability, as well as their families and staff teams, to help them live a fulfilling life.
Nursing Associates are senior clinical support staff. They work with other healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver care for patients and the public.
Nursing associates work across all four fields of nursing: adult, children’s, mental health, and learning disability.
Nursing roles you can do after qualifying
With a world of opportunity to progress throughout your career, becoming a nurse is only the beginning.
You'll provide complex care for patients and support for family members in people's homes and in residential care homes.
General practice nurse
You'll work in GP surgeries and involved in most aspects of patient care such as taking blood samples and wound management.
You'll work with families to give pre-school-age children the best possible start in life.
You'll care for newborn babies who are born premature or sick and may have problems such as respiratory difficulties or nutritional needs.
You'll provide similar care to GP nurses along with supporting people with mental health and substance misuse problems.
You'll promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness with school age students.
You'll work with patients of all ages in each phase of their operation.
Midwifes provide care and support to women and their families while pregnant, throughout labour and during the period after a baby's birth.
Midwives often describe their job as 'privileged'. Helping to bring new life into the world is a great responsibilty and one that needs care and compassion.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Advanced practice is a level of practice, rather than a type of practice.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners are educated at Masters Level in clinical practice and have been assessed as competent in practice using their expert clinical knowledge and skills.
They have the freedom and authority to act, making autonomous decisions in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients.