‘Nurses pass their knowledge from generation to generation’
Nursing and the medical profession has come a long way since the first vaccination to the development of a robotic arm for use in heart surgery. The nursing profession has a long and proud history of adapting to changes in society and its health needs as well as responding to public needs.
Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing, lived more than a century ago, but today there are more than 104 specialties of nursing, as well as a number of advanced nursing degrees, it is easy to see why most nurses change jobs throughout their careers. A nurse can move laterally into another specialty or further their education which will lead to promotion.
Nursing provides many opportunities for advancement into management, as well as giving job security, in difficult uncertain economic times.A nurse can work in many different fields of nursing and medicine, and indeed few professions offer as great a pathway as nursing does for people to advance in their careers. Nurses can choose opportunities in or outside of a hospital and may work in many areas of industry not just healthcare.
Entry requirements for a nursing degree
Each higher education institution sets its own requirements, but is usually around five GCSEs plus two A-levels or equivalent. Typical subjects studied by student nurses include: Chemistry, Nutrition, Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Behavioural Sciences, and Nursing.
Hospitals now want nurses to have a degree, the purposes of this is to is to increase skills and train a medical workforce capable of operating in a more analytical and independent manner. Nurses need to put quality care at the centre of what they do, and they need extensive knowledge, analytical skills and experience to work in a range of settings.
Nurses are the largest single profession within the health service, and are critical to the delivery of high quality health care. Degree level education will provide new nurses with the decision-making skills they need to make high-level judgements.
Job security is a featured benefit of the nursing career
As the population continues to age, the need for nurses also increases. More nurses retire each year than there are new nurses to replace them, leaving more job openings than nurses. Nurses will always be a necessary part of the healthcare system and hospitals are unable to function without them.