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Nurses

Nurses provide general and/or specialised nursing care for the sick, injured and others in need of such care, assist medical doctors with their tasks and work with other healthcare professionals and within teams of healthcare workers. They advise on and teach nursing practice.

Tasks

  • Assists medical doctors and works with other healthcare professionals to deal with emergencies and pre-planned treatment of patients
  • Manages own case load
  • Monitors patient’s progress, administers drugs and medicines, applies surgical dressings and gives other forms of treatment
  • Participates in the preparation for physical and psychological treatment of mentally ill patients
  • Plans duty rotas and organises and directs the work and training of ward and theatre nursing staff
  • Advises on nursing care, disease prevention, nutrition, etc. and liaises with hospital board/ management on issues concerning nursing policy
  • Plans, manages, provides and evaluates nursing care services for patients, supervises the implementation of nursing care plans
  • Delivers lectures and other forms of formal training relating to nursing practice.

Entry Requirements

Qualification as a nurse is via a diploma or degree course, both of which are provided by universities. Courses comprise both theoretical and practical work, including placements in hospital and community settings. Full time diploma courses last three years; degree courses last three or four years. Accelerated programmes are available to graduates with a health-related degree. There is a minimum age limit of 17 years 6 months to enter training. Post-registration training is available for a range of clinical specialisms.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £35,000 per annum and can progress up to £47,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 74,412 employed Nurses in the region.

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https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/