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The complete career guide for Adult Nurses / RGNs

The complete career guide for Adult Nurses / RGNs

If you’re one of the 500,000+ Adult Nurses currently working in the UK, or you’re about to start your journey as an Adult Nurse, you’ve landed in the right place. In this guide, we cover everything you could possibly need to take your next steps. Through blogs, videos and downloadable guides, this page covers every rung on the ladder – from Nursing courses and interview tips, to Nursing pay and the latest jobs.

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The complete career guide for Mental Health Nurses

The complete career guide for Mental Health Nurses

This guide brings together survey pieces, articles, videos and opinions on Mental Health Nursing. Our survey is around the challenges faced by RMNs and the realities of Mental Health Nursing work. Our experts (Laura, Chloe, Ben and Cath) are all qualified RMNs and helped contribute to this hub.

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How to become a Learning Disability Nurse

How to become a Learning Disability Nurse

This deep dive guide focuses on various aspects of what it means to be a Learning Disability Nurse in the UK. It goes into detail about LD salaries, the types of positions available in LD nursing as well as what a typical day looks like and what Lauren, a Learning Disability Nurse enjoys about her role. We also cover the current state of LD nursing and what the future holds.

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The complete Care Home Manager career guide

The complete Care Home Manager career guide

Registered Home Manager and author of books on quality standards in care homes, Liam Palmer, helped us shape this page so that it really is a complete career touchstone for Care Home Managers. There's a really thorough overview of the various Care Home Manager job roles and career development, including tips on hiring, achieving Outstanding for your home, pay and so much more.

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The complete guide to becoming a nurse

The complete guide to becoming a nurse

This very deep dive into 'becoming a nurse' is essential if you're currently considering nursing as a career. We explain the kinds of skills a nurse needs and then detail each step on the journey to getting your PIN and your first nursing job. Visit now to read loads of articles and watch hours of videos created for anyone considering a career in nursing.

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Top nursing universities UK

Top nursing universities UK

Find the right university course to kick-start your nursing career. An A-Z of every university offering nursing degree courses in the UK - updated twice yearly.

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Nursing salary guide & NHS pay calculator

Nursing salary guide & NHS pay calculator

Whether you're a private or public sector Nurse our page on nursing pay will prove useful. We explain NHS Agenda for Change Pay Rates and provide an interactive NHS pay calculator so you can forecast earnings. Plus, we outline the duties and roles required within each nursing band and take a look at bank pay, agency pay rates and analyse private sector nursing pay and benefits.

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The complete guide to answering nursing interview questions

The complete guide to answering nursing interview questions

We have researched the most common interview questions that nurses are posed and we answer them here. This hub is dedicated to helping you prepare for interview - whether you’re a Nurse or home manager your job search journey requires you to sit in front of a person or panel and explain your skills. It includes a few videos by some of our experts on their own interview experiences.

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Build your nurse CV - step by step guide

Build your nurse CV - step by step guide

This guide brings together survey pieces, articles, videos and opinions on Mental Health Nursing. Our survey is around the challenges faced by RMNs and the realities of Mental Health Nursing work. Our experts (Laura, Chloe, Ben and Cath) are all qualified RMNs and helped contribute to this hub.

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The complete career guide for Adult Nurses / RGNs

Jack Stratten 10 min read

How to become a General Practice Nurse

Katie James-Lawrie 12 min read

Quick guide to becoming a Registered Adult Nurse (sometimes still referred to as RGN)

Ruth Underdown 5 min read

Why I became an Independent Nurse Prescriber

Laura Woods 12 min read

What does a Registered Nurse do?

Ruth Underdown 21 min read

Why switching your nursing career from the NHS to a nursing home is worth considering

Ruth Underdown 6 min read

What does it take to be a great A&E nurse?

Suzanne Armstrong 16 min read

How to progress your career as a care home nurse

Ruth Underdown 8 min read

A day in the life of a care home nurse

Ruth Underdown 8 min read

My role as a Nurse Practitioner

Carol Park 2 min read

Working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Carol Park 3 min read

From bears to bandages: how I became an A&E Nurse

Suzanne Armstrong 3 min read

Working as a Private Aesthetic Nurse

Rachel Marshall 7 min read

Working as a Palliative Care Nurse Specialist

Lorraine Gardiner 9 min read

Gabriela is a surgical ward nurse and this is her job

Gabriela Parvu 6 min read

Life as a Custody Nurse Practitioner with the Metropolitan Police Service

Jackie Donohue 4 min read

Pamela Whittle - Custody Nurse Practitioner with the Metropolitan Police Service

Pamella Whittle 4 min read

Working as a cardiac nurse for the British Heart Foundation

June Davison 10 min read

Sarah Whiting tells us about her job as an A&E nurse

Sarah Whiting 4 min read

My job as an A&E nurse

Simon Pawlin 5 min read

The complete career guide for Mental Health Nurses

Jack and Matt 10 min read

What is a Forensic Mental Health Nurse?

Laura Woods 15 min read

A guide to Community Mental Health Nursing

Laura Woods 12 min read

What to expect from your job as a prison nurse

Laura Woods 12 min read

RMN Jobs in the NHS and Private Sectors

Chloe Lawrence 6 min read

How to become a Mental Health Nurse RMN

Chloe Lawrence 19 min read

RMNs tell us about their jobs

Ben Farrah 9 min read

The challenges I face as a newly qualified mental health nurse

Chloe Lawrence 9 min read

I chose mental health nursing in the face of growing pressures

Chloe Lawrence 8 min read

Mental Health Nursing is the misunderstood nursing discipline

Abby Holland 8 min read

The mental health of RMNs – are we looking after our practitioners?

Abby Holland 7 min read

Mental health nurses face increasing emotional pressures

Ben Farrah 4 min read

Battling paperwork, governance and staff shortages to get the job done

Abby Holland 9 min read

Why are RMN numbers falling faster than other specialisations?

Abby Holland 6 min read

What mental health nurses actually do

Ben Farrah 4 min read

How can Mental Health Nurses support the well-being of carers?

Cath Coleman 3 min read

Patient centred care in mental health

Cath Coleman 3 min read

Reducing stigmas surrounding mental health

Cath Coleman 3 min read

Are Therapeutic Staffing Models benefiting Mental Health Nurses?

Cath Coleman 2 min read

An RMN puts the the 'P' into Psychiatric nursing

Samantha Whittle 5 min read

Jess Doherty on why she's grateful for her career in psychiatric nursing

Jess Doherty 3 min read

The complete Care Home Manager career guide

Liam Palmer 10 min read

How I became a care home nurse and why I changed career path

Ruth Keating 8 min read

How we can use technology and digital care-planning in care homes and hospitals

Liam Palmer 45 min read

The surprising truth about how the public perceive care homes

Matt Farrah 7 min read

Three staff rota tips for care home managers

Liam Palmer 2 min read

How we should manage privacy protection in our care homes

Liam Palmer 4 min read

How to successfully manage night staff in care homes

Liam Palmer 6 min read

How Care Home Managers can hire with success and why getting recruitment right is so important

Liam Palmer 8 min read

Managing finance to run a viable Care Home

Liam Palmer 10 min read

Four essential Care Home Manager tips to help with assessments, care plans and managing incidents

Liam Palmer 8 min read

Podcast with Tim Dallinger Registered Manager and Trainer

Liam Palmer 16 min read

How Care Home Managers can build occupancy whilst balancing care quality and workload for their team

Liam Palmer 6 min read

The Care Home Manager's clinical support guide

Liam Palmer 20 min read

A Registered Care Home Manager's guide to health and safety in residential care

Liam Palmer 15 min read

Podcast with Dr Umesh Prabhu, a consultant and advocate of patient safety

Liam Palmer 15 min read

What does a Care Home Manager need to know about CQC inspections?

Liam Palmer 10 min read

Podcast with Angela Fletcher, Chief Executive of Happy Futures

Liam Palmer 59 min read

Podcast with Medical Director Dr. Umesh Prabhu

Liam Palmer 45 min read

Podcast with Isaac Theopholis, author of 'How to get Outstanding'

Liam Palmer 43 min read

Podcast with author and recruitment specialist, Neil Eastwood

Liam Palmer 18 min read

Podcast with Dr. Keren Wilson, the pioneer of Retirement Villages

Liam Palmer 32 min read

Podcast with Samuel Barrington, CEO of Care Improvement Associates

Liam Palmer 88 min read

Podcast with Jeremy Walford CEO of Middleton Hall

Liam Palmer 28 min read

Do Nurses make the best Home Managers?

Liam Palmer 5 min read

What are the differences between a Home Manager, a General Manager and Registered Manager?

Liam Palmer 4 min read

What is the difference between a residential home and a nursing home?

Liam Palmer 7 min read

Peripatetic/ Operations/ Regional Managers and Operations Director - what's the difference?

Liam Palmer 2 min read

Which kind of institution should I work for as a Home Manager?

Liam Palmer 3 min read

How can I research whether a care home is well run and good to work for?

Liam Palmer 3 min read

Should I look for jobs managing small care homes or large ones?

Liam Palmer 3 min read

Should I work for an employer or through an agency as a Home Manager?

Liam Palmer 2 min read

An insider's perspective of care homes - why you shouldn't believe everything you see in the media

Liam Palmer 7 min read

How my career as a Care Home Manager has evolved

Liam Palmer 9 min read

The tensions between care home managers and local authorities

Mark Redmond 4 min read

The challenges of transitioning from nurse to home manager

Mark Redmond 4 min read

Are care homes really places of last resort?

Mark Redmond 3 min read

The cost of high staff turnover

Neil Eastwood 5 min read

The ideal frontline care employee

Neil Eastwood 2 min read

How Home Managers can balance bureaucracy with personal care

Mark Redmond 6 min read

Top nursing universities UK

Matt Farrah 6 min read

How I successfully applied for nursing school

Ikra Bhatti 10 min read

My New Year's nursing resolutions

Claire Quinn 5 min read

The second half of my first term as a student nurse

Janet Mensah 7 min read

Advice from a qualified nurse mentor to student nurses

Chloe Lawrence 15 min read

Making the most of your nursing placement to prepare for when you qualify

Claire Quinn 9 min read

How to get the most out of your student nurse experience

Claire Quinn 6 min read

How to train to be a Nurse

Lauren Young 19 min read

What I've learned in my first four weeks as a First Year Student Adult Nurse

Janet Mensah 6 min read

How to fully prepare for your first nursing placement

Chloe Lawrence 14 min read

Five tips for Student Nurses entering their first year of a degree

Claire Quinn 13 min read

Seven tips for Student Nurses about to write their ACPE dissertation

Claire Carmichael 17 min read

10 memes to give new student nurses reassurance that they're not alone!

Hattie Kemp 1 min read

How to decide which Nursing Course and University is best for you

Claire Carmichael 5 min read

What to expect from your first week at university

Claire Quinn 15 min read

Student nursing Q&A with Claire

Claire Quinn 8 min read

A day in Claire's life as a student nurse

Claire Carmichael 14 min read

My 5 best experiences as a student nurse

Claire Quinn 13 min read

What do I need for nursing school?

Claire Quinn 9 min read

Top 10 memes that you'll relate to if you're a student Nurse

Hattie Kemp 1 min read

Misconceptions I had before nursing

Lottie Pearson 8 min read

How to revise effectively and manage your stress levels

Claire Carmichael 15 min read

Nursing school 'must haves'

Lottie Pearson 6 min read

How I survive my 12 hour shifts

Lottie Pearson 8 min read

Top nursing school essentials

Claire Carmichael 14 min read

How to get into nursing school

Lottie Pearson 8 min read

How to write a personal statement for a nursing course application

Chloe Lawrence 7 min read

How to study and prepare for nursing exams

Chloe Lawrence 14 min read

Student nursing Q&A with Lottie

Lottie Pearson 8 min read

How to survive your placement

Eniola Akinsanya 8 min read

My first year university experience and advice

Chloe Lawrence 12 min read

How to get into nursing schools in the UK

Grace Barry 8 min read

Student nurse survival guide

Chloe Lawrence 12 min read

Nursing placements advice

Chloe Lawrence 14 min read

Training to be a Mental Health Nurse

Chloe Lawrence 11 min read

Exam and assignment tips from a student nurse

Lottie Pearson 10 min read

My second year university experience

Chloe Lawrence 11 min read

A day in the life of a student mental health nurse

Eniola Akinsanya 3 min read

Applying to university for a student nursing degree course

Eniola Akinsanya 5 min read

Qualified RMN Chloe answers questions about studying mental health nursing

Chloe Lawrence 17 min read

A nursing degree is not easy but it is rewarding

Eniola Akinsanya 6 min read

A day in the life of a student nurse

Chloe Lawrence 12 min read

How to get into nursing at university

Chloe Lawrence 11 min read

Writing a personal statement for your UCAS application

Matt Farrah 3 min read

How to be successful when applying to University for a Midwifery Course

Matt Farrah 7 min read

How nursing degrees prepare students for jobs

Sara Davies 5 min read

Interview with a final year student nurse

Julia Sellwood 4 min read

How to use non-healthcare experience in your nurse CV when applying for a nursing course

Matt Farrah 6 min read

Nursing salary guide & NHS pay calculator

Matt Farrah 10 min read

How to get involved and feel motivated with nursing

Claire Carmichael 14 min read

A quick video guide to the new NMC standards

Claire Carmichael 8 min read

How to prepare for and get over a night shift

Louisa 9 min read

Podcast with Dr John Rudd retired Doctor, RGN, RMN and Lawyer

Liam Palmer 37 min read

Overcomin readg Nursing burnout and building our resilience against it

Chloe Lawrence 12 min read

Overcomin readg negativity one step at a time

Claire Quinn 8 min read

How to give a presentation as a Nurse - 6 Tips for Presenting

Claire Carmichael 10 min read

What does a Nurse Consultant do and how you can become one

Laura Woods 19 min read

What is Nursing burnout and can we manage it?

Chloe Lawrence 13 min read

Advice for newly qualified Nurses

Chloe Lawrence 23 min read

How to survive 12 hour shifts

Chloe Lawrence 15 min read

How to stay motivated in nursing

Claire Carmichael 8 min read

How to deal with shift work

Claire Carmichael 10 min read

7 ways to survive the night shift

Claire Carmichael 9 min read

How to return to professional nursing or midwifery practice after a career break

Ruth Underdown 7 min read

A guide to your Continuing Professional Development CPD as a Nurse

Chloe Lawrence 3 min read

Irish nurses - here's how you can work in the NHS

Claire Quinn 3 min read

Thinking about a different nursing pathway?

Ruth Underdown 6 min read

An introduction to nursing in Ireland

Claire Quinn 9 min read

Newly qualified nursing experiences

Chloe Lawrence 18 min read

Top tips to survive the night shift

Chloe Lawrence 19 min read

A nurse's reflections on safeguarding

Ruth Underdown 4 min read

Essential advice for overseas nurses looking for a job in the UK

Matt Farrah 5 min read

How to become a healthcare assistant with no formal care experience

Ruth Underdown 5 min read

What you should expect from preceptorship as a newly qualified nurse

Ruth Underdown 5 min read

What to know if you're a UK nurse looking to work in Australia

Ruth Underdown 13 min read

The importance of self reflection in nursing

Ruth Underdown 3 min read

Should Nurses have their flu vaccine?

Ruth Underdown 3 min read

How can nurses manage death and the care of the dying?

Ruth Underdown 3 min read

Revalidation makes us better nurses

Ruth Underdown 5 min read

Admission prevention: a developing specialism in older peoples' care

Ruth Underdown 5 min read

Going private: now is the time to consider private nursing and care jobs

Maureen Gribbon 4 min read