Career paths for professional nurses

March 27, 2013


Professional nurses

Professional nurses

Nursing as a career choice offers a variety of opportunities once basic training has been completed. You can later choose to generalise or specialise in any number of areas including paediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, oncology, midwifery – the list goes on.

Each specialisation requires focussed study in the particular discipline, but in the early stages of their career, nurses follow a common training programme and career path. In the United Kingdom, this leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the body responsible for regulating the more than 600,000 registered nurses and midwives in Britain.

Your nursing career will begin with a course of study at university level that will lead to a diploma or degree and you will need to have basic literacy and numeracy skills. Candidates for entry to a diploma course will need a minimum of five GCSE passes at Grade C or above, including English and a science subject. Entry to degree courses will need at least two passes at A Level, preferably in subjects like Biology, which has some relevance to the course.

Before being accepted onto a course, you will also need to demonstrate that you have the right attitude to a nursing career and that you have the necessary interpersonal skills to be a successful nurse. You will need to show that you are a good organiser, have initiative and can work well both alone and as part of a team.

Once on the course, you can expect a good deal of academic study combined with practical training designed to fit you for your chosen career. Additional voluntary work will give you extra vital experience and show commitment to your career when you come to apply for your first job as a qualified nurse. When you have qualified and become registered with the NMC you are ready to begin.

As a nurse you can follow a variety of career paths. You will be able to develop your skills on the job and undertake more advanced courses to help you advance. Nursing positions are numerous and varied. In Britain in the National Health Service, nurses are graded into bands, each of which has its own pay scale. You can get your Medical Assistant Degree at Keiser University’s online Medical Assisting Degree.

As of April 2012, these were the figures. Note hese salaries are indicative for those employed in the public sector and do not apply to nurses in private services.

Band 2. Clinical support worker nursing (community/hospital)

Salary – 14,000 – 17,000

Band 3. Clinical support worker nursing higher level (community/hospital/mental)

Salary – 16,000 – 19,000

Band 4. Nurse associate practitioner (acute/community/mental health) Nursery nurse (community)

Salary – 18,000 – 21,000

Band 5. Nurse, nurse (community/GP practice/mental            health/schools/learning disabilities/theatre)

Salary – 20,000 – 27,000

Band 6. Health visitor, nurse team leader (learning disabilities), nurse      specialist, nurse specialist (community/GP practice/learning disabilities/NHS Direct/schools/special schools), nurse specialist mental health (community), nurse team leader, theatre nurse specialist

Salary – 25,000 – 34,000

Band 7. Health visitor specialist, health visitor team manager, nurse advanced, nurse advanced (schools), nurse team manager, nurse team manager (learning disabilities/mental health community/NHS Direct/schools/community), nursing health visitor specialist (community practice teacher)

Salary – 30,000 – 40,000

Band 8. Modern matron

Salary – 38,000 – 46,000

Band 8a-c. Nurse consultant

Salary – 54,000 plus.

Nursing Jobs are varied and rewarding. It gives you the opportunity to put your skills and strength into a profession that brings relief from suffering and hope to those who need it.

Career paths for professional nurses

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