Nurse Adult nurse

Nurses care for adults who are sick, injured or have physical disabilities

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to over £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 42 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need:

You may be able to get NHS funding to pay for your course fees and help with your living expenses.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent organisational and time management skills
  • excellent listening and communication skills

3. What you'll do

You'll work in hospitals, nursing homes, health centres, clinics or prisons. In an NHS hospital you could work in accident and emergency, cardiac rehabilitation, outpatients, neonatal nursing or an operating theatre.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • taking temperatures, blood pressures and pulse rates
  • helping doctors with physical examinations
  • giving drugs and injections
  • cleaning and dressing wounds
  • setting up drips and blood transfusions
  • using medical equipment
  • checking patients' progress
  • working with doctors to decide what care to give
  • advising patients and their relatives
  • handling confidential information

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000 to £28,500

Experienced: £26,250 to £41,000

Highly Experienced: £40,000 and over (consultant nurses)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 37.5 hours a week including evenings, weekends, night shifts and bank holidays.

The job can be physically demanding.

Most jobs are in the NHS. You could work in hospital wards, nursing homes, hospices, schools, colleges, private hospitals and in the community, visiting patients at home.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a nursing sister, ward manager or team leader.

You could train as a midwife, neonatal nurse, health visitor, district or practice nurse. You could move into management, as a matron or director of nursing.

With a master's, you could become an advanced nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist then a nurse consultant.

You could also become self-employed or work overseas.

Last updated: 12 October 2016