ADULT NURSING: CAREER OPTIONS
Information provided by our Careers and Employability Service.
Fran, our Career Adviser for Adult Nursing, says:
"The majority of qualified nurses are employed by the National Health Service (NHS) although increasing numbers are now being employed in the private health sector by nursing agencies, occupational health departments, the armed forces, prison service, voluntary organisations and charities. New opportunities have been created with NHS Direct, Walk in Centres, intermediate care, Consultant Nurses and Clinical Educationalists. However, candidates need to be aware of the changes outlined in the new Health and Social Care Bill, which will have an impact on how these services are to be delivered and by whom"
Visit the Plymouth University Careers website for more information on any of these areas, or call in to see the Careers & Employability Team in Gateway in the Roland Levinsky Building.
Skills that you can develop during this course include:
- Self-reflection in professional practice
- Practical problem solving
- Judgement and decision-making
- Organisation and time management
Relevant Work Experience
As part of your degree you will undertake numerous practice placements across a variety of settings, which will provide you with the skills required for your first nursing post. However, given the competitive graduate labour market, you might like to enhance your prospects by gaining additional experience within a healthcare or clinical environment, e.g. bank nursing, auxiliary care, hospices, psychiatric units etc. Additional, related work experience will give you the edge over other candidates with the same qualification, giving you greater confidence when applying for jobs, enabling you to develop invaluable contacts and to demonstrate your commitment to your vocation.