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December 5, 2017

10 Alternative Careers For Registered Nurses

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Not all nursing courses point in the same direction.

So, you are wondering how to become a nurse? However you are not sure whether the hospital life is for you. According to what you’ve heard, a nursing degree course is a one-way ticket to a life’s worth of night shifts and underappreciation. But what if we told you this wasn’t exactly true? A BSc (Hons) degree in nursing is, in fact, one of the most flexible and valuable qualifications you can possess. Once you have graduated from your nursing courses, and registered with the NMC, the nursing world is your oyster.

There are so many career pathways to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. The one thing you will definitely need, however, is a BSc (Hons) Degree in adult, children’s, learning disability or mental health nursing. In order to be admitted on to your chosen degree programme, you will first need to have earned A-level qualifications or an Access to HE Diploma. At Stonebridge, the Access to HE Diploma (Health) – Nursing Pathway we offer promises to help you meet your nursing school’s requirements.

The great news is, you can start studying as soon as you enrol with Stonebridge; but first things first, you need to familiarise yourself with your options. If you are going to embark on you nursing journey, we believe you should have all the information in hand before you start. To save you time, we have done the research for you…

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What are the Different Types of Nursing Degrees?

There are many different types of nursing specialties, however they all span from four separate degree pathways. When choosing between different types of nursing degrees in the UK, you have the option to study adult, children’s, learning disability and mental health nursing.

What Other Jobs Can Nurses Do?

Once you have chosen your pathway from the nursing courses list, you will be one step closer to your career. However, selecting a pathway will not narrow down your options. There are many types of nurses and salaries out there. So let’s waste no time. It’s time to scroll through and discover different types of nurses and descriptions.

Adult Nursing

Salary Range: £22,000 to £48,000
Qualifications Needed: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

As an adult nurse, you are responsible for treating adults of all different ages, cultures and descriptions. Your primary duty is to care for and improve the lives of your patients. On a day to day basis you may fulfil your duties by performing medical and emergency procedures, administering medication, assisting with personal hygiene, offering counselling and advice or teaching patients how best to manage their own conditions.

Children’s (Paediatric) Nursing

Salary Range: £22,000 to £41,000
Qualifications Needed: BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing

Qualified children’s nurses are responsible for the care and development of children from birth to 18 years of age. They work together with the individual, the family and other health professionals to ensure the highest quality of care for every child. Dedicated children’s nurses work shifts around the clock to fulfil their duties. Successful professionals must be resilient, empathetic and capable of forming strong and lasting bonds with children and their families.

Learning Disability Nursing

Salary Range: £22,000 to £41,000
Qualificatations Needed: BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing

As society develops, people with learning disabilities are beginning to receive the care they need to live independent and fulfilled lives. This would never have happened without the help of qualified nurses who specialise in helping people with learning disabilities. Professional nurses in this sector work in hospitals, prisons, schools and workplaces to ensure vulnerable individuals have access to the care they need to progress in life.

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Mental Health Nursing

Salary Range: £22,000 to £48,000
Qualifications Needed: BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

As many as one in four people will be directly affected by mental health problems in their life. In light of these statistics, there has been a dedicated effort to educate society about mental health issues and train professionals to help the people affected. Mental health nurses work tirelessly to develop strong and lasting relationships with their clients and help them to develop coping mechanisms which will improve their quality of life.

District Nursing

Salary Range: £26,250 to £41,250
Qualifications Needed: BSc (Hons) Nursing and an NMC approved specialist practitioner qualification in district nursing

Instead of working in hospitals, district nurses usually visit patients in their own homes or residential care homes. District nursing is a rewarding role as it allows professionals to develop positive and beneficial relationships with care receivers in a comfortable, natural environment. On a daily basis, district nurses help their patients with all of their medical needs and teach clients and their families how to administer certain care independently.

General Practice Nursing

Salary Range: £21,000 to £35,250
Qualifications Needed: BSc (Hons) Nursing

General practice nurses work in GP surgeries alongside doctors, therapists and pharmacists. Depending on the size of the GP surgery, you could be one of many nurses, or the only nurse working there. From day to day, you would be dealing with a varied number of cases. From sexual health and family planning, to vaccinations and treating minor injuries, GP nurses hold a pivotal role in local community healthcare.

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Health Visitor Nursing

Salary Range: £26,250 to £41,000
Qualifications Needed: BSc (Hons) Nursing or Midwifery and a qualification in specialist community public health nursing or health visiting

Health visitors are qualified nurses or midwives who have undergone additional training. This training allows them to make home visits to children aged five and under and support families during the crucial development period. All families are entitled to this service, however families with greater needs will benefit from a more intensive service. Health visitors will have to be organised and motivated workers as they take responsibility for their own caseloads.

Neonatal Nursing

Salary Range: £26,554 to £42,046
Qualifications Needed: BSc (Hons) Nursing followed by a professional development programme focused on neonatal nursing

Neonatal nurses are responsible for the care of premature babies who are in need of medical attention during the first few months of their lives. These children are often in a very vulnerable position and need experienced and qualified professionals to look after them around the clock. As a neonatal nurse, you would be responsible for providing holistic, family-centred care which will help the infant to thrive in future years.

Prison Nursing

Salary Range: £22,128- £35,250
Qualifications Needed: BSc (Hons) Nursing and an understanding of the criminal justice system.

As a prison nurse you could be responsible for dealing with a whole range of patients. Many inmates have mental health issues or substance abuse problems, which makes this a challenging and sometimes emotional role. This means that prison nurses have to be resilient and confident practitioners with the best needs of each patient at heart, regardless of their background. When looking for work, it’s worth noting that you could seek employment through the prison or the NHS.

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School Nursing

Salary Range: £22,000 to £41,000
Qualifications Needed: BSc (Hons)  Nursing and an NMC approved specialist practitioner qualification in district nursing

School nurses work in a school environment and are responsible for the health of school age children. Some professionals are employed by a single school, while others are hired by local authorities and work across a number of institutions. Some of the main responsibilities of a school nurse include administering immunisations, discouraging poor lifestyle choices, promoting healthy living and running drop-in surgeries for young people.


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