You will never get bored being a nurse

Do you like to look after people and make a difference in people’s lives? Do you feel that everyone should have access to high quality care?

Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 4:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd October 2019, 6:41 pm

Do you enjoy learning, developing, and working in an ever changing environment? Do you enjoy a challenge and can you think on your feet? Would you like to work in a dynamic area where no one day is ever the same?

Then perhaps you should consider a career in nursing. I’ve been a nurse for more than 30 years and can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

A nursing degree usually takes three years and can specialise in areas such as adults, mental health, children and learning disability.

You’ll also learn and develop numerous practical nursing skills. You’ll do this in hospitals, in the community and in general practice, amongst other supervised placements. This is where you’ll work with experienced staff who will guide you and teach you new skills. Becoming a registered nurse is challenging, but thousands of other nurses know that nursing is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do.

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Nursing has a culture of continual learning; this supports developing and perfecting the right skills and knowledge for the numerous roles available. You’ll find your niche, the area of nursing that grabs your attention and makes you want to learn more.

During annual appraisals, professional development is discussed and plans are put together identifying areas where more skills and knowledge can be obtained. The list and opportunities are endless.

Flexible working is often an option in nursing. The choice of working hours will vary between jobs and specialism, but there are so many different working patterns, you can certainly find one that suits you.

Technology is automating many jobs but it can never compete with the emotional intelligence of a nurse. Nurses can become managers, matrons and lead nurses in various specialities, they can become lecturers at university, work in research or in GP federations. Nurses can work all over the world (although being a nurse in Doncaster is obviously the best!)

Being a nurse comes with lots of benefits besides flexible working hours and the great job satisfaction. Every day is different and you won’t get bored!

There’s also many other offers and discounts available for NHS staff. You’ll meet so many new people and work with a range of other professions. But the greatest benefit of all is seeing the impact you have on the lives of patients and their families - nothing compares with this.