Nursing is a vocational degree that develops your personal skills and a strong sense of professionalism, which are qualities valued by many employers
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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Related work experience in a clinical environment is strongly recommended if you want to work in the healthcare sector. As well as increasing your knowledge of the sector, it will allow you to make important contacts.
Volunteering, internships, part-time jobs and student projects can all help to improve key skills which are looked for by employers.
Working as a care worker or healthcare assistant, volunteering in a hospital or any other work experience that involves caring for others is good preparation. Visiting hospitals and talking directly to nurses about the role is also helpful.
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Opportunities can be found with the following employers:
A degree in nursing gives you a range of professional and technical skills, including the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and to support and advise patients and their families. You also develop the ability to assess, analyse, monitor and evaluate the care you deliver.
In more general terms, you gain skills and personal qualities sought by employers in a range of sectors. These include:
A variety of post-registration courses are available. Graduate nurses can take Masters degrees in subjects such as advanced clinical practice and medical decision-making, as well as various other specialist subjects. Training can also be carried out to become an advanced nurse practitioner.
Some of these options will be offered by your employer as part of your post-registration education and practice (PREP) requirement. Some training may be offered through study days. Healthcare is constantly developing, and practising nurses need to keep up with technology, current issues and the changing needs of the population through ongoing training.
Nursing is a vocational degree and the statistics reflect this with over 90% of graduates being in paid employment six months after graduating.
The vast majority of graduates are employed as nurses, while around one-in-ten are midwives.
|Working and studying||2.8%|
|Caring and education work||0.8%|
|Legal, social and welfare||0.8%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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