Nursing requires a high level of technical competence and clinical decision-making skills, as well as compassion and a real commitment to helping others.
There are some key skills you’ll need to become a good nurse:
The NHS has a personality quiz to help you decide if nursing is right for you, as well as which branch of nursing would suit you best.
There are lots of places you can study to become a nurse. The full list of approved nursing programmes can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery Council website.
There aren’t any national minimum entry requirements for getting into nursing, so you should check with individual institutions before you apply. However, most universities will require that you have the following:
As well as meeting the entry requirements, you’ve got to show you have what it takes to be a good nurse.
What Is The Training For Nursing?
To become a nurse, you must first obtain a degree in pre-registration nursing. Then, once you are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you can get a job as a practising nurse.
Pre-registration nursing degrees are offered in the following four areas:
You’ll usually need to choose which area to specialize in before you apply.
At university, your time will be split equally between theory and practice. Lectures, seminars and non-clinical practice sessions will make up half of your study, and practical placements in hospitals and surgeries will comprise the rest.
All students are eligible for help funding their degrees. This usually means that most students have their tuition fees paid by the NHS, and receive a grant each year for help with living costs.
You can also apply for a means-tested bursary. You can read more about the financial support that is available.
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