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Durham University Nursing

Nurses form the largest group of staff in the NHS and are a crucial part of the healthcare team. Nurses work in every type of health setting from accident and emergency to working in patients’ homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Some nurses begin their career by working their way up from support roles, which require no set qualifications, and go on to train for a registered nursing degree or diploma, which qualifies them to work as a nurse. Others apply straight to university to undertake their studies.

Some nurses begin their career by working their way up from support roles, which in some cases require no set qualifications, and go on to undertake a registered nursing degree, which qualifies them to work as a nurse. Others apply straight to university to undertake their studies.

To work as a nurse, you’ll need a degree in nursing and you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The Work

Prospects website provides an overview of what it is like to work in the Health Care sector.

The following occupational profiles come from AGCAS and provide an idea of the type of work available. They have been written and researched by staff working within careers services across the country. They contain a lot of useful information that will help you with your initial research. These are just a sample, you can look for more on the Prospects website.

Adult Nurse
Paediatric Nurse
Mental Health Nurse
Learning Disability Nurse
Health Promotion Specialist

How to get a job

Sources of vacancies

  1. NHS Jobs: This is a really useful website because the website is free to use, there is a facility to register for job vacancy updates, it has contact details for NHS employers throughout the country and you can search and apply for vacancies online.
  2. Nursing Times: This is a really useful website because it has an easy to use job search section, it contains recruitment information for a wide range of healthcare/ nursing related jobs, opportunities are advertised for across the whole of the UK and overseas and it is operated by the Nursing Times and has links to courses/ news and research within nursing.
  3. Jobs 4 Medical: This is a really useful website because it has an easy to use job search section, it contains recruitment information for a wide range of healthcare jobs including nursing and opportunities advertised are for across the whole of the UK and overseas.However, the downside is that this site is not dedicated to nursing.

Work experience

For the latest information on gaining work experience in nursing, please visit the NHS Nursing Careers website.