Nurse holds elderly patient's hand

How to become a nurse

There are many rewarding and challenging jobs available to you when you leave school, and choosing the right one can be a difficult choice to make, with so many careers available to you, how do you know which one is for you. It is essential that you pick something that you enjoy doing, after all a career is for a life time and you don’t want to be stuck in a career that you’re not passionate about.images (6)

If you really care about people and people’s health then why not choose the profession of becoming a nurse, although a very challenging profession, it can also be really rewarding, with many nurses saying that the satisfaction they get from their job makes them glad they made the right career choice.

But what does it take to become a nurse?

First of all if you’re thinking of becoming a nurse you must first be a leader and carer of people, as becoming a nurse you will have great responsibility’s giving care to patients, if you’re this kind of person and you fit this criteria you will also need to be confident in   Numeracy and literacy this means you have to be able to demonstrate being able to read and comprehend English, be able to write clearly and effectively and be able to accurately manipulate numbers such as volume, length and weight and general mathematics which includes addition, subtraction, division, multiplication.

What about qualifications?

To become a nurse you will need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) first, once you have registered you will need to decide what kind of nursing degree you want to do such as an adult nurse, a children’s nurse or a mental health nurse. Now that you have decided in what field on nursing you would like, you now have to enter nursing college or university; the requirements for this are 5 GCSE’s plus 2 A Levels (English and one Science a bonus)

A degree in nursing typically last for 4 years because nursing requires a high level in clinical decision making and technical competence and you will spend up to half of your nursing degree in real-time hospitals under supervision. Once your training is complete you should have no troubles finding a job within this chosen profession, there are plenty of  nurse jobs in London around the UK and even around the world.