Types of Nursing

Nursing gives you a great opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives, on a daily basis. There are four key fields of nursing:

· Adult nursing

· Children’s nursing

· Learning disabilities nursing

· Mental health nursing

Mental health nurse

A mental health nurse’s main role is to promote and support a person’s recovery and help them to live independent and fulfilling lives. You will mainly work in hospitals and as part of a team that includes for example GP’s, psychologists, and social workers.

If you are interested in becoming a mental health nurse, a university degree course is the main route to it. Typically, you’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, possibly in English language or literature and a science subject, plus two A levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications for an undergraduate degree.

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Children’s nursing

Child nurses will involve taking care of sick newborns to adolescents and offering support to the family and carers. When working with children communication is very important as children can’t communicate their pain, so therefore nurses need to interpret a child’s behaviour and reactions.

Some degree courses let you study another area of nursing alongside children’s nursing. You may be able to join a nursing degree on the second year of a course if you already have a degree in:

· A health-related subject

· Psychology

· Life sciences

· Social work

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Learning disabilities nursing

As a Learning disability nurse, you will play a vital role in helping people with learning disabilities, as well as their families, to help them have a fulfilling life.

Their role will include improving and maintaining a person’s physical and mental health and helping people to live independently and feel fulfilled in their lives.

You will work in a range of settings including people’s homes, hospitals, community centres, and residential homes.

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Adult nursing

Adult nursing is a very rewarding career where you can make a difference in a person’s life. Your role will include observing patients and assessing their needs and helping them to have a good quality of life.

You could work in a variety of settings including hospital wards, outpatient units, patients’ homes, and clinics.

As an adult nurse, you will work closely with people and their families so your responsibilities will include:

· Gaining the trust and confidence of each patient

· Write patient care plans

· Observe and record the condition of patients

· Carry out routine investigations

· Respond quickly to emergencies

· Reassure patients and their relatives and communicate effectively with them For more information and to explore your career path visit: https://bit.ly/2TaMwkx