Nursing is an applied vocational and academic discipline practised in a variety of complex situations. Nursing focuses on promoting health and helping individuals, families and groups to meet their health care needs. The work involves assisting people whose autonomy is impaired and who may present a range of disabilities or health-related problems. Nurses work with patients, clients, families and communities in primary care, acute and critical care, rehabilitation and tertiary care settings. 
Nurses practise within a social, political and economic context. Through their Code of Professional Conduct, nurses embrace the concepts of inclusion, equal opportunities, individual rights and empowerment of patients and client groups. Professional and patient/client autonomy is a key feature. And, according to the NHS Change Model, which is driving the profession to build a culture of compassionate care across the NHS, nurses need to possess the 6 Cs - Compassion, Courage, Competency, Commitment, Care and Communication in order to function as effective nurses. The knowledge, understanding and associated skills that underpin the education and training of nurses covers nursing, natural and life sciences, social, health and behavioural sciences, ethics, law and the humanities, the management of self and others' reflective practice and the application of all of these to nursing care of clients and client groups. Pre-registration nursing education consists of a common foundation programme and four branch programmes to prepare nurses to work in either adult nursing, children's nursing, learning disabilities nursing or mental health nursing.
A graduate in Nursing will typically:
  • apply creative solutions to health care situations
  • confidently present information orally, in writing and through the use of technology, to provide coherent and logical arguments in the support of decision-making
  • engage in, and disengage from therapeutic relationships through the creative use of theories and skills, demonstrating ethical discernment and clinical judgement
  • use practical skills and knowledge with confidence and creativity
  • critically analyse and interpret data for care delivery and management
  • manage oneself, one's practice and that of others in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct, and critically evaluate own abilities and limitations
  • select and apply knowledge and skills to complex and unexpected situations
  • implement strategies to promote and evaluate partnership working
  • anticipate potential stressful situations and participate in minimising risk
  • demonstrate sound clinical judgement in a range of situations and critically evaluate the effectiveness of clinical judgement in a range of professional care contexts
  • participate in quality assurance and risk management strategies to create and maintain a safe environment
Prospects Broader skills: - gives a brief but effective summary of the strengths, attributes and skills that can be cultivated through nursing and related programmes of study. It also encourages you to consider the skills developed through your other activities, such as paid work, volunteering, family responsibilities, sport, membership of societies, and leadership roles.
Nursing graduates tend to find employment or go on to further study. There are options to work with different age groups, or in specialist areas such as theatre nurse, health visitor, midwife, community nurse, prison nurse, armed forces or you might prefer to go into roles involving health promotion or consultancy. For some roles you wil need further training. The suggested links will direct you to high quality information on the range of careers available.
See Finding and Applying for jobs in Nursing for more information.
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