The Med Shed

Adult Nurse

THE WORKING DAY

You’re on early shift so there’s a handover meeting first with the nurses on the night shift who update you on the progress of each patient on the ward. You’re then updating records, getting patients washed and dressed and assessing their needs. You love the challenge of multi-tasking, thriving on the friendly relationships you build with staff and colleagues.

In the afternoon, you spend time with a patient recovering from a heart attack with his doctor and occupational therapist. You help prepare a care plan so he can regain his independence and return to work.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re a great communicator, good at making people feel comfortable. You’re mature and practical and enjoy working in a team. You work well under pressure and can multi-task.

WHAT'S NEXT?

A minimum of five GCSEs (typically including maths, 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 (e.g. including a subject like human biology, psychology or sociology) or equivalent level 3 qualification such as a BTEC or apprenticeship.

After A-Levels, you’ll do an approved full-time degree in nursing at university or apply for a nursing degree apprenticeship.