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‘If future nursing is to deliver what is demanded of it then it must attract recruitment’

A nursing career opens up many diverse job opportunities and offers a continuous opportunity for learning – also provides job security because there is a global ageing population but a shrinking workforce. Some of the most popular roles to choose from include:

  • Adult nurses
  • Mental health nurses
  • Children's nurses
  • Learning and disability nurses
  • District nurses
  • Neonatal nurses
  • Health visitors
  • Practice nurses
  • School nurses
  • Theatre nurses

There are also opportunities for nurses to work in other areas including:

  • NHS special health authorities such as NHS Blood & Transplant
  • Private healthcare providers
  • Charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Teaching
  • The Armed Forces

Pay Scale for Nurses 2015-16

The minimum starting salary for a registered nurse is £21,692. England pay scales: bands 1-7

Band 1      Band 2      Band 3      Band 4     Band 5     Band 6     Band 7

15,100       15,100      16,633      19,027      21,692      26,041     31,072

15,363       15,363      17,179      19,461      22,236      27,090     32,086

                  15,786      17,800      20,147      23,132      28,180     33,227

      16,210     17,972      20,844      24,063       29,043     34,876

      16,633     18,468      21,477      25,047       30,057     35,891

      17,179     19,027      21,692      26,041       31,072     37,032

                  17,800     19,461      22,236      27,090       32,086     38,300

                    28,180       33,227      39,632

                                      34,876      40,694

England pay scales: bands 8-9

Range A           Range B           Range C           Range D           Band 9

39,632              46,164              55,548              65,922              77,850

40,964              47,559              57,069              67,805              81,618

42,612              49,968              59,016              70,631              85,535

44,261              52,757              61,779              74,084              89,640

46,164              55,548              65,922              77,850              93,944

47,559              57,069              67,805              81,618              98,453