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Nursing is an extremely varied and responsible profession. You could be caring for patients with all types of health problems in a variety of settings both in hospitals and in the community.

Adult Nursing

Adult nursing is a specialty in the field of nursing that covers a wide range of skills and knowledge necessary to care for adult patients. Nurses must be prepared to help patients with acute and chronic physical illness, within community and hospital settings.

Mental Health Nursing

A mental health nurse cares for patients who are suffering from a mental illness, dysfunction or mental disorder. Not all patients that a mental health nurse treats are mentally ill though; they may be suffering from stress or emotional difficulties
Your role is to build effective relationships with people who use mental health services, and also with their relatives and carers. You might help one person to take their medication correctly while advising another about relevant therapies or social activities.

Paediatric (Children’s) Nurse

Paediatric nurses work with children of all ages who are suffering from many different conditions. You play a key role in assessing the nursing needs of children, taking into account their medical, social, cultural and family circumstances.

Learning Disability Nurse

As a Learning Disability Nurse you will work with patients to improve their physical and mental health, reduce barriers to them living an independent life and generally help them to live a fulfilled life.

Legacy Nurse

Support for Nurses is offered by a team of experienced Legacy Nurses.

In MSE we have a team of experienced Legacy Nurses who wish to share their skills and knowledge of health and care practice specific to their specialist area of practice. Nurses in MSE supported by a Legacy Nurse will be provided with education and support utilising a model based on the Collaborative Learning in Practice (Clip) coaching model. They will facilitate collaborative working among colleagues both in clinical practice and with the Universities.

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Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW)

The term healthcare support worker (HCSW) is an umbrella term which covers a variety of health and care support roles, including healthcare assistant (HCA), nursing assistant, theatre support worker and more.
Healthcare support workers play a vital role in providing excellent care to patients across all health and care settings. They can help patients with social and physical activities and personal care etc. They may also take observations of patients, including temperature and pulse. HCSWs work in hospitals and community settings and roles vary depending on the environment in which they work. They work with many different patient groups, of all ages.

Nursing Associate

Nursing associate is a relatively new role within the nursing team. Nursing associates work with healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver care for patients and the public. Its sits within the nursing team but ‘bridges the gap’ between qualified nurses and health care support workers. It is also a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Nursing Associate click here (opens in a new window)

Entry Requirements

The main route into becoming a qualified nurse is by taking a degree. Healthcare degrees are a hands-on, dynamic way of learning that will give you experience like no other. You are likely to need 2-3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Degree Apprenticeship

For some nursing roles, you can train through a degree apprenticeship. This involves a combination of academic study and practical, paid employment, and typically lasts around four years.

For other professions within Nursing there are no set entry requirements and organisations requirements may vary.

Useful Resources

Royal College of Nursing (opens in a new window)

The Nursing & Midwifery Council (opens in a new window)

Nursing degree apprenticeship factsheet (opens in a new window).