Careers in nursing are more sought after today than ever before. As people live longer and more fulfilling lives, the demand for skilled nurses is ever increasing. Across the UK, and indeed the world, there is high demand for qualified and experienced nurses.
If you are considering a position as a nurse, there are a few things to know. The job of a nurse can vary significantly from role to role. There can be a wide range of ailments that require the care of a nurse to look after. The different types of nursing positions include a Critical Care Nurse, Emergency Care Nurse, Geriatric Nurse, Hospice Nurse, School Nurse and much more. Across the various fields, nurses will specialise in a wide range of treatments or perhaps work in different locations.
So, what does the nurses’ day job look like?
On a day to day basis, the job is once again different from role to role. Usually, a nurse would start a shift by getting the latest news on the condition of all patients in their care, and get to grips with any medication needs they may have. The nurse will oversee the comfort of patients and ensure that have plenty of things like water, access to toilets and facilities.
Nurses provide that first point of contact for the patients in their care. If the patient needs anything, the nurse is on hand to attend to them. In a hospital environment, they may also need to support doctors as and when necessary. For instance, this may mean having to lift patients for a medical practitioner to treat a particular injury or support procedures.
Why Become A Nurse?
Demand for nurses is high throughout the world, and so there are many reasons to follow such a career path.
- If you have a caring personality, then nursing allows you to support people who need help, this may result in significant amounts of job satisfaction which is always great.
- With much demand for nurses, salaries are highly competitive.
- In uncertain times, the likelihood is that you will have job security as people will always need nurse care.
- One of the benefits for many career nurses, particularly those who stay in an environment such as the NHS, may be incentives for overtime, holidays and pension contributions.
Nurses also have excellent opportunities to develop in the role. As well as sideways movement to other departments and specialisms there are plenty of possibilities for moving up the career ladder. With such clear promotional opportunities, the sky is the limit for a nurse.
Registered nurses are well remunerated within their roles. In the NHS, for example, a registered nurse starting their career would receive an entry level salary of £21,000, this is approximately £1450 per month net pay. As you move up the career ladder, salary increments are frequent, mediansalary for a nurse is £23,039 within the UK.
Niche Skills Needed In A Nurses Role
Some nurses may find that they can command higher wages by the fact they have skills in niche areas, and perhaps competition for roles is lower. According to research at Payscale the types of skill that might help to command a premium salary include cardiology, home care, dialysis, hospice and geriatrics. In the case of cardiology, the pay premium can be as much as 18%.
Once someone is qualified as a nurse, it is just the start of the journey. There are clear progression opportunities within nursing and the hierarchy in a hospital. For example, following qualification, the first post on a hospital ward would typically be for a Staff Nurse, helping a group of patients. Moving on from the role of Staff Nurse you would become a Charge or Ward nurse, with responsibility for a full ward. The next step is then to Matron, with responsibility for driving standards up across many wards. After that, senior leadership roles include Chief of Nursing within a hospital.
Of course, there are also opportunities in the nursing career to focus on more specialist areas where skills may be in much higher demand. Whatever your choice, there are plenty of reasons to choose the nursing profession as a rewarding career.