Nurses are the frontline carers of the healthcare world. They help patients reach the best quality of life possible while going through an illness and assist them in making a full recovery. Midwives work with pregnancy and childbirth, caring for mother and child.
Nursing is a rewarding job and a popular career choice - one that is hugely in demand. Both nurses and midwives must undertake specialist training in nursing or midwifery, which will include college, following which they will need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board.
Career progression in Nursing depends on a mixture of work experience and further study. For example, further post-registration programme options include: Children's Nursing; Nurse Tutor; Public Health Nursing; and Nurse Prescriber.
Post-graduate Diplomas and Masters Qualifications will provide further career opportunities such as: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Emergency Nursing, and Intensive Care Nursing.
A General Nursing qualification can also lead to careers in such areas as Health Service Management or Medical Research. It worth noting that a general nursing qualification is recognised in many other countries, and so is also a passport to opportunities to travel and work abroad.
Nurses and Midwives can work in both public or private healthcare settings and are not limited to employment in hospitals. There is even a specific speciality, public health nursing, for nurses who work in the community. You could find yourself working in areas as diverse as a university, a care home, primary healthcare teams, an aid agency or in a communications role promoting healthy living.