Your nursing career
Be prepared for every stage of your nursing career.
We explore the different routes into the nursing profession and the variety of roles available, covering nursing qualifications, registering as a nurse and earning potential.
More information on the four nursing specialisms; adult nursing, paediatric nursing, learning disability nursing and mental health nursing.
After choosing to work in one of the four nursing specialisms, there’s many ways to diversify your career further – like considering the different nursing specialties.
For those who are entering the profession and presented with the opportunity to work in permanent, bank or locum nursing roles, we have outlined some of the positives of each to help you make an informed decision.
Key considerations when choosing a nursing recruitment agency are NHS frameworks, safe recruitment, knowledge, relationships and support.
It's important to decide what's most important to you when choosing a nursing job. Is it location, NHS/private/community settings, shift patterns, ambitions or employer reputation?
Interviews and first job
Preparing for your first nursing interview is hugely important. We answer questions like ‘where will my nursing interview be?’, ’who is on a nursing interview panel’ and more…
More and more employers are embedding digital platforms into their recruitment process so it helps to be prepared for it - here's our top tips.
Psychology plays a big part in all human interactions and job interviews are no different. Of course it's important to show off your skills and experience as a nurse. But thinking about the psychology behind the interview experience can also help you land that nursing job.
Improve your answers to questions asked in a general nursing interview.
Improve your answers to questions asked in a mental health nursing interview.
Improve your answers to questions asked in a community nursing interview.
How to answer the "tell me about yourself" question in an nursing interview scenario.
Here's some advice to ensure you are prepared for your first day.
Relocating to the UK to work as a nurse
Returning from career breaks and balancing family life
Shift work can prove hugely beneficial, especially if you have other commitments outside of work you need to attend to, but it can also be tiring. We've included some tips to help you adjust.
We share details of some emotional and practice support services that are designed specifically for nurses.
Returning to your nursing career is straightforward. We share what you should do to re-join the NMC register.
Whatever the reason for time out of your job as a nurse, there's no need to try to cover up your career break. Nursing jobs are demanding, and a potential employer shouldn't see it as a negative that you needed some time to focus on other priorities in your life.
Achieving a balance between shift work and family life is something nurses are familiar with, but there are some extra things you could do to help your family adjust.
All you need to know about preparing and updating your nursing CPD records.
Find out how to develop your nursing career and maintain your NMC registration through training, networking, secondments and locum nursing jobs.
How to advance your nursing career using the knowledge and skills framework (KSF) and locum or community nursing roles.
Mentoring from a more experienced nursing colleague can thoroughly improve professional practice... So how can you ensure it supports career progression too?
Switching roles or services
For those considering switching to a career in nursing, we consider whether the nursing degree course or apprenticeship route would be right for you, and other fast-track courses which could get you out to work quicker.
Discover how you can leave a job and keep the door open for a future return.
Here are a few tips to help you build good working relationships with your nursing colleagues.
Are you thinking moving into a more senior nursing role or a different nursing specialism? How do you make sure you follow a career path that's right for you?