To become a nurse you need to study a nursing degree like the three-year undergraduate nursing course (BSc).
There are many different specialisms you can study, such as Adult Nursing, Child Nursing and Mental Health Nursing. Most courses, such as the ones offered by King’s College London, will include a strong element of practice where you will gain first-hand experience of working with patients.
In terms of skills, it’s essential to have good interpersonal skills, both to be able to read other people’s behaviour and to be able to reassure them in stressful situations. It’s also important to be flexible, adaptable and able to respond quickly to any difficult situation which may arise.
Nurses working in a hospital setting such as A&E can build a strong career path and move into management, specialist roles or training posts if they wish to do so. They can also use this valuable experience to work as a nurse in many other settings including:
- Other hospital environments such as a general medical or surgical ward or a specialist area such as coronary care or urology.
- Working as a nurse at festivals or public events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
- Private enterprises such as cruise ships.
- Humanitarian or overseas work for organisations such as the International Red Cross.