Nurses usually work within a multidisciplinary team but are the main point of contact for patients, often providing the most consistent care. To become a nurse, the main route is through a degree course at university. Entry requirements for these courses can vary depending on where and how you’d like to study, so it’s important to check with universities. The NHS lists five areas for nurses to specialise in, which are adult nurse, children’s nurse, mental health nurse, learning disability nurse and nursing associate. Whichever route you take you will have a rewarding career with opportunities for progression.

Adult Nursing

Adult nurses have a very rewarding career as they make a real difference to people’s lives. Adult nurses care for patients suffering from a variety of health conditions, ranging from minor injuries and ailments to acute and long-term illnesses and diseases.

Mental Health Nurse

Mental health has been in the spotlight in recent times. It so important that people get the right support and care they need. In this profession you’ll help and support patients improve their quality of life.


Midwives monitor the condition and progress of the patient and the baby throughout the pregnancy. They also deliver babies in normal births or assist doctors with difficult deliveries. Midwives also provide postnatal advice in the postnatal period.

Dental Nurse

Dental nurses help dentists to treat their patients and do reception work and other tasks in the practice such as keeping the surgery sterile and preparing materials for fillings.

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