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Thinking of a changing to a career in nursing?

Are you feeling bored, unmotivated and uninspired in your current job? If you’ve got bigger aspirations, feel like you want to give something back to the community and have a natural compassionate nature, a career in nursing could be the one for you.

Why nursing?

No two days are ever the same when it comes to nursing. The variety of people you meet and the problems you encounter in the profession are so diverse that monotony is never an issue. The work is fast paced and challenging with a lot of targets to be met but so rewarding and fulfilling that many nurses tend to not mind.

The money isn’t phenomenal but what job is? And if you’re stuck in a rut in your current job and not feeling valued or like you’re making a contribution to society, taking a wage cut can be more beneficial for your wellbeing.

How to get in

There are many varied routes into nursing for career changes. To become a nurse you’ll need to have a nursing degree or obtain one. The good news is that the NHS support those studying to become a nurse with grants and bursaries so tuition fees are much less than those studying other degrees. Training and life as a student nurse can be tough. As well as lectures and assignments there is placements, presentations and clinical work to be done.

How do I find a job?

Once you’re qualified as a registered nurse, finding a job is relatively easy. If you do struggle at all volunteering or doing some paid care work can be beneficial. Nurses are always in high demand for both permanent and temporary work. Sites like Nursing Personnel advertise lots of agency vacancies across the UK which are really well paid and quite flexible.

What if general nursing isn’t for me?

As there are so many different areas of nursing to work in, there are always retraining opportunities. Universities mainly offer courses where you can specialise in adult nursing, mental health nursing and midwifery. Once you’re qualified you can branch off even further -for example some people enjoy the fast paced excitement of working in A&E, whilst others prefer something more general like working in the eye or fracture clinics.

Nursing is such a rewarding and exciting career that it’s easy to see why so many people decide to change to it later in life. You’re never too late to become a nurse, so what are you waiting for? Change your life, and others’ lives, for the better now

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