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Why registration is important for nurses

07 March 2016

Registered nurses can enjoy an extremely rewarding and varied career that offers the opportunity to change peoples' lives. Caring for a variety of patients, leading a team and providing clinical interventions are just some of the roles you may undertake as a registered nurse. Nurses must hold current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

While completing your nurse training is vital to becoming a registered nurse, you also need to maintain your knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development. Developing decision-making skills and technical competence will help you to access the role you desire. As part of their degree, nurses in training choose one of four different specialisms.

Adult nursing

Adult nurses look after patients aged over 18 years and can work in various community settings or hospitals. Following qualification, adult nurses can choose to specialise in different areas, such as accident and emergency, cancer care or practice nursing.

Children's nursing

Working with children and younger people up to the age of 25 years, children's nurses can work in settings such as special care baby units and adolescent units. In addition to understanding the needs of sick children, they are trained to support and advise carers and parents. Children's nurses can also choose to specialise once qualified.

Learning disability nursing

Learning disability nurses help those who have learning disabilities to fulfil their potential and live independent lives. Work settings include visiting people in supported accommodation and working in hospitals and secure units. Specialisms for learning disability nurses include working with people with sensory impairment and managing epilepsy.

Mental health nursing

Mental health nurses care for people with mental health needs in a variety of settings. Communication skills are extremely important when working with people with mental health needs, their families and carers. Specialisms include substance misuse, adolescent mental health, rehabilitation, and working in secure settings.

In addition to working in hospitals, there are often registered nurse jobs in Newcastle in GP surgeries, nursing and residential homes, clinics, and occupational health services. Voluntary organisations and the pharmaceutical industry also need registered nurses.


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