Nurses

£36,400

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

39

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

0.83%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Nurses provide general and/or specialised nursing care for the sick, injured and others in need of such care, assist medical doctors with their tasks and work with other healthcare professionals and within teams of healthcare workers. They advise on and teach nursing practice.

Qualifications

Qualification as a nurse is via a diploma or degree course, both of which are provided by universities. Courses comprise both theoretical and practical work, including placements in hospital and community settings. Full time diploma courses last three years; degree courses last three or four years. Accelerated programmes are available to graduates with a health-related degree. There is a minimum age limit of 17 years 6 months to enter training. Post-registration training is available for a range of clinical specialisms.

Typical tasks

  • assists medical doctors and works with other healthcare professionals to deal with emergencies and pre-planned treatment of patients;
  • manages own case load;
  • monitors patient’s progress, administers drugs and medicines, applies surgical dressings and gives other forms of treatment;
  • participates in the preparation for physical and psychological treatment of mentally ill patients;
  • plans duty rotas and organises and directs the work and training of ward and theatre nursing staff;
  • advises on nursing care, disease prevention, nutrition, etc. and liaises with hospital board/ management on issues concerning nursing policy;
  • plans, manages, provides and evaluates nursing care services for patients, supervises the implementation of nursing care plans;
  • delivers lectures and other forms of formal training relating to nursing practice.

Common job titles

Nurse, Macmillan
Matron (medical services)
Practitioner, care, health
Visitor, home
Practitioner, health, mental
Nurse, student
ENG
Nurse, practice
Sister, nursing
Visitor, district
Manager, bank, nurse
Matron, community
Visitor, health
Nurse, registered, state
Sister
SRN
Nurse, care, breast
Nurse-teacher
RSCN
Sister, nursing, district
Nurse, care, primary, advanced
Nurse, health, mental
Nurse, misuse, substance
Manager, nurse
Nurse-tutor
Practitioner, nurse
Sister, theatre
Specialist, nurse, clinical
Superintendent, night (hospital service)
Nurse, male, chief
Nurse, recovery
Nurse, staff
Manager, ward
Nurse, ITU
Nurse, registered
Nurse-ECP
Nurse, charge
Practitioner, theatre, operating
Nurse, district
Leader, team, clinical (health authority)
Nurse, care, stoma
Nurse, health, mental, community
Manager, theatre (hospital service)
Nurse-practitioner
Adviser, nurse
Nurse, enrolled
Officer, resuscitation
Practitioner, scrub, theatre
SEN
Companion-nurse
Sister, nursing (religious order)
Nurse, paediatric
Specialist, nurse
Supervisor, nurse
Nurse, psychiatric
Visitor, health, superintendent
Leader, team, nurse
Nurse, adult
Leader, team
Nurse, health, occupational
Nun (nursing)
Nurse, lead, clinical
Nurse
Nurse, care, intensive
RGN
RMN
Sister, ward
Tutor (hospital service)
Nurse-companion
Sister-tutor
Officer, nursing
Nurse, care, ambulatory
Practitioner, department, operating
Nurse, care, palliative
Nurse, children's
Nurse, children's, registered
Nurse, children's, sick, registered
Matron, modern
Manager, unit (hospital service)
Cadet

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.