Adult Nurse

Average Salary: £23,000 - £28,000
Competition: LOW
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

Nurses have forever been a pivotal profession, not only with our society, but pretty much every society on this planet. And I’m pretty sure if we moved to Mars, Nurses would be the first professionals on that rocket ship! Not to state the obvious, but Adult Nurses specifically care for adults with a wide variety of medical conditions and illnesses. With the use of treatment and attending to a patient’s physical and emotional needs, an Adult Nurse intends to improve the quality of an adult patient’s life.

Duties

Adult Nurses are not only situated in Hospitals. They can work within the community, visiting a patient’s home or in Clinic and play an important role in prisons. Generally, you’ll find them take on the following responsibilities:

  • Writing and implementing patient care plans, keeping a record of newly found information
  • Monitoring a patient’s condition along with their pulse, blood pressure and temperature
  • Checking and administrating drugs and injections
  • Cleaning and dressing any wounds
  • Liaising with patients, families and friends, providing emotional support and reassurance
  • Giving advice on good health and well-being

Key Skills & Characteristics

An Adult Nurse should:

  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be caring whilst showing empathy and respectfulness
  • Have the ability to put people at ease and inspire trust
  • Take initiative, being able to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Show patience whilst having the physical and mental stamina

Entry Routes

The first step in becoming an Adult Nurse is to study a degree in Adult Nursing. To become any type of a nurse, completing a degree that is approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) is essential.

However, if you’re like many university students and graduates out there, who have completed a relevant degree and now would like to become an Adult Nurse, you may be in luck. Degrees such as Biomedical Science, Human Biology, Psychology, Social Work and so forth are acknowledged as part of a process called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Depending on your application, it will allow you do the nursing course in two rather than three years.

Once you’ve finally completed your degree and are throwing your graduation caps in the air, be sure to register with the NMC. You’re then officially an Adult Nurse.

Job Progression

Adult Nurse

Senior Nurse

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Consultant

Clinical Professor

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Rewarding - It’s a great feeling knowing that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life
  • Building Relationships - Meeting new people and establishing relationships with patients
  • Variety - No two days are the same

The Bad

  • Paperwork – Not the most exciting job and can be lot of it
  • Emotional – It can be emotional witnessing someone in a condition that they can’t prevent
  • Stressful – There’s so much to do and is never enough time to do everything