A day as an adult nurse

Today you are working an early shift and you start your day with a handover meeting with the nurses on the night shift who update you on the progress of your patients. During the morning, you update bedside records and help the patients with their daily tasks, such as getting them up, washed, dressed and assessing their clinical needs. In the afternoon you spend some time with a patient who has recently suffered a heart attack, and his doctor and occupational therapist. You work together to prepare a care plan for the patient's recovery to help him regain his independence and return to work. The challenge of doing many tasks at once is very rewarding, and you enjoy the friendly relationships you build with patients and the many staff you work with.

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Does this sound like you?

You're a great communicator and easily make people feel comfortable. You're mature and practical, and enjoy working as part of a team. You work well under pressure and can carry out many tasks at once without getting stressed.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need to do a degree level qualification to be a nurse so will usually need a minimum of five GCSEs (typically including English language or literature and a science subject) at grades 5/4 (C) or above or equivalent level 2 qualification, then go on to take at least two A levels (eg including a subject like human biology, psychology or sociology) or equivalent level 3 qualification.

What's next after A level and beyond?

After A levels, you'll need to go to university to do an approved full-time degree in nursing or apply for a nursing degree apprenticeship. For their full-time degrees, some universities may ask for three A levels and have specific subject requirements, so make sure you check with the uni you're interested in directly. Nursing degree apprenticeships are available in some parts of the country and you'll usually need the same level of GCSEs and A levels or equivalent qualifications.