Nurse - Roles and Responsibilities

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  • Nurse
    • What is a Nurse?
      • Adult Nurses work with Adults of all ages with a wide range of physical health conditions. They can be based in hospitals, clinics or GP practices or they can work for specialist organisations like the armed forces.
      • Mental Health Nurses are nurses who specialise in mental health work in a range of settings. The settings they can be based in may include psychiatric units in hospitals , community healthcare centres, day care settings, residential homes and prisons.
      • Children's nurses (Paediatric Nurses) work with children with a very wide range of conditions, A children's nurse may be based in a hospital or other clinical environments or they may support a child in their home.
      • Learning Disability nurses work mainly with individuals with learning disabilities living in a community rather than in hospitals. This may include supporting people in schools and workplaces, they work with people living at home or people who live in specialist residential settings.
      • District Nurses care for people of all ages, supporting the in their own homes or in residential homes, District nurses work very closely with patients families and carers.
      • Neonatal Nurses work with new-born babies, including babies born prematurely. They work in specialist hospital settings and within the community.
    • Salary
      • Fully Qualified nurses start on salaries of £24,907 rising to £30,615.
      • Senior Nurses who are on Band 6 have salaries at £31,365 to £37,890.
      • At even more senior levels such as an advanced nurse, lead nurse or a nurse consultant their salaries can range from £38,890 to £73,664
    • Responsibilities of a Nurse
      • This can range from nurse to nurse but in the case of adult nurses.
        • Write Patient Care Plans
        • Assist with tests and evaluations
        • Respond Quickly to Emergencies
        • Set up drips and blood transfusions
        • Maintain Patient records
        • Mentor student and junior nurses
        • Observe and record conditions of patients
        • Check and administer drugs and injections
        • Gain the trust and confidence of each patient
    • Nurse Working Hours
      • Shift work is carried out in hospitals which can include regular unsociable hours.
      • Adult Nurses usually work a standard 37.5 hours per week.
    • Skills
      • Interpersonal and verbal communication skills in order to liase with other medical and healthcare professionals
      • The ability to gain patients trust and support them both emotionally and through advice and information
      • Empathy, Sensitivity and emotional resilience, to help those in difficult circumstances.
      • Written communication skills to keep patients records and write care plans
      • Observational skills and attention to detail.
    • Qualifications Required
      • To work as an adult nurse in the UK, nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
        • Nursing Apprenticeships are also available
      • The training for a nurse usually lasts three years full time (four if you are taking a dual field qualification)
    • Professional Devlopment
      • Nurses must renew with the NMC every three years, some of the requirements are completing 450 hours of registered practice and 35 hours of CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
    • Roles
      • Nurses work as a multi-disciplinary team with other healthcare professionals such as doctors, therapists etc.
      • Nurses can work within wards, doctor's surgeries, intensive care, high dependency units, operating theatres or even patients own homes


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