As a nurse, you will make a genuine and immediate difference in people’s lives. Not only will you provide physical care, but you will help them through their hardest moments. Being that point of care and contact can make all the difference in the world. This is a career with a noble history and care at its heart.
There is a serious shortage of nurses in the UK at the moment, and with an ageing population, that looks set to be the case far into the future. As a qualified nurse you will possess the skills that will enable you to find work wherever you go, and you can choose to work in hospitals, in the community, or in the private sector. It’s a public facing role, so you will need to love working with people and want to help them feel better.
In this article we answer questions such as how long does it take to become a nurse? And what qualifications do you need? Read on to find out more.
Entry routes to becoming a nurse
The traditional pathway to nursing
A degree in nursing, at an institution that is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is the traditional method into this career. It can take about three years, full time, and will involve classroom learning and practical experience in hospitals and out in the community. You can choose to specialise at this stage, in one of the four nursing fields, which are adult nursing, children’s nursing, nursing people with learning disabilities, and mental health nursing.