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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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How are our ICU Nurses coping emotionally during the Covid-19 outbreak?

Suzanne Armstrong 6 min read

How Coronavirus has affected my second year of being a Student Nurse

Emily Hawthorn 5 min read

What changes have we made in our ICU ward to help nurses working with Coronavirus patients?

Suzanne Armstrong 7 min read

The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare recruitment

Nick Simpson 6 min read

An inpatient CAMHS lockdown

Nathan Crimes 7 min read

Care Homes vs Covid – Fighting an invisible enemy

Liam Palmer 16 min read

The public say - Thank You Nurses

Matt Farrah 5 min read

I'm a nurse, not a soldier going to war so please stop with the metaphors

Chloe 5 min read

A simple guide to Transmission Based Precautions

Josie Winter 6 min read

Nurse explains life working in ICU dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak

Vera Natasha 5 min read

Covid-19 - March 2020 has been the most challenging time in my Mental Health Nursing career

Laura Woods 9 min read

An ICU nurse explains her Covid-19 experience so far

Suzanne Armstrong 6 min read

Tips for nurses when not working and in Coronavirus lockdown

Chloe 9 min read

Your guide to the 10 Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs)

Josie Winter 7 min read

How Covid-19 is changing my life as an ICU nurse in a London hospital

Suzanne Armstrong 6 min read

What is Covid-19 and how should we respond to Coronavirus as healthcare professionals?

Liam Palmer 45 min read

How Coronavirus has affected me as a General Practice Nurse

Claire Carmichael 8 min read

The reality of working in mental health during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Anonymous author 5 min read

Here's how the Coronavirus outbreak has changed my learning disabilities nursing job

Lauren Young 12 min read

A student nurse confronts the reality of Coronavirus

Elaine Caldwell 5 min read

Care home managers – how to manage the threat of Coronavirus

Liam Palmer 6 min read

The complete career guide for Adult Nurses / RGNs

Jack Stratten 10 min read

My job as a Senior Nurse in an Intensive Care Unit

Susan Bweya 7 min read

Why I went from Nurse to Nursing Manager

Paul TM Smith 6 min read

What nursing jobs are available to you as a Theatre Nurse?

Olivia Lewis 6 min read

Why I think you should become an Occupational Health Nurse

Tracie McKelvie 16 min read

My job as a Telephone Triage Nurse

Elizabeth Hudson 6 min read

What are the different roles available in nursing and which ones can you do?

Claire Carmichael 17 min read

How to become an A&E Nurse

Suzanne Armstrong 18 min read

How I became a Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Clinical Nurse Specialist

Holly McDowall 6 min read

How to become a GP Practice Nurse today and what I love about it

Jo Baines 14 min read

Why I would recommend General Practice Nursing and Primary Care over other specialities

Teresa Turpin 5 min read

How I became a Theatre Nurse, what I do and why I love this job

Olivia Lewis 12 min read

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

Ruth Keating 8 min read

What does a theatre nurse do?

Karen Landels 4 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

My guide to working as a Mental Health Nurse in a private nursing home for dementia patients

Inga Farafontova 12 min read

A guide to Community Mental Health Nursing

Laura Woods 12 min read

What does a Mental Health Nurse do?

Laura Woods 17 min read

What inspired me to be a mental health nurse?

Chloe 15 min read

Nursing Q&A with RMN Chloe

Chloe 19 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 6 min read

How to become a Mental Health Nurse RMN

Chloe 19 min read

RMNs tell us about their jobs

Ben Farrah 9 min read

What does the public really think of mental health nursing?

Matt Farrah 8 min read

The challenges I face as a newly qualified mental health nurse

Chloe 9 min read

I chose mental health nursing in the face of growing pressures

Chloe 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

Why I became a Mental Health Nurse

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 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

What my first birth was like as a student midwife

Louisa 10 min read

The 5 things I love most about working in midwifery

Louisa 11 min read

Pregnant mums - here's 10 things your midwife wants you to know!

Louisa 17 min read

What should a midwife keep in their bag?

Louisa 8 min read

Three Midwifery Degree Interview Tips

Louisa 8 min read

Four tips to help you prepare for success in your first year at University

Louisa 9 min read

Nursing students - if you need help, ask for it

Louisa 9 min read

What I wish I knew before starting midwifery

Louisa 8 min read

Midwifery Q&A - part one

Louisa 14 min read

Best and worst midwifery placement experiences

Louisa 8 min read

How to stay motivated as a student midwife

Louisa 9 min read

Do men make good midwives?

Louisa 9 min read

The top 5 most unexpected truths about Midwifery

Louisa 9 min read

Managing time as a midwifery student

Louisa 9 min read

Previous life experiences that led me to midwifery

Louisa 10 min read

A midwife's tips on how to survive the night shift

Louisa 7 min read

What I imagine my career as a midwife will be like

Louisa 10 min read

Top 10 tips to get through a 12 hour shift

Louisa 7 min read

5 things I wish I knew before starting midwifery

Louisa 9 min read

My favourite parts of being a student Midwife

Louisa 4 min read

How to qualify for and find a job as a midwife

Matt Farrah 28 min read

How to get a place on a midwifery course at university

Matt Farrah 2 min read

How to get the most out of applying for nursing or midwifery jobs online

Matt Farrah 9 min read

How to change your career and become a midwife

Matt Farrah 7 min read

Top Nursing Universities UK

Matt Farrah 6 min read

Top 3 Nursing interview questions, and how to answer them

Claire Quinn 12 min read

How to develop your confidence as a Student Nurse

Claire Quinn 8 min read

My first nursing placement in hospital is over and this is how it went

Janet Mensah 8 min read

How to stay motivated in nursing school

Claire Quinn 7 mind read

How to cope with working night shifts as a nurse

Claire Quinn 6 min read

What to expect from your placement during nurse training

Lauren Young 12 min read

The top 3 things student nurses need to know on placement

Claire Quinn 7 min read

How to apply for your NMC PIN registration (step by step guide live video)

Claire Carmichael 8 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 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 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 7 min read

How to study and prepare for nursing exams

Chloe 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 12 min read

How to get into nursing schools in the UK

Grace Barry 8 min read

Student nurse survival guide

Chloe 12 min read

Nursing placements advice

Chloe 14 min read

Training to be a Mental Health Nurse

Chloe 11 min read

Exam and assignment tips from a student nurse

Lottie Pearson 10 min read

My second year university experience

Chloe 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 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 12 min read

How to get into nursing at university

Chloe 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

The complete guide to answering nursing interview questions

Matt Farrah 8 min read

Build your nurse CV - step by step guide

Matt Farrah 2 min read

How to write a nursing job cover letter

Claire Carmichael 4 min read

How to get your Nursing Personal Statement into great shape

Lauren Young 7 min read

Typical interview questions theatre nurses get asked and how to answer them

Olivia Lewis 7 min read

Nursing Personal Statement - avoid these 3 common mistakes

Claire Carmichael 6 min read

General interview tips and answers to typical nursing interview questions

Claire Carmichael 12 min read

My General Practice Nurse interview and how I answered the interview questions

Claire Carmichael 6 min read

Claire's tips for writing your personal statement

Claire Carmichael 9 min read

How to write a nursing personal statement for your first nurse job application

Chloe 5 min read

What I learned from my three nursing interviews

Chloe 11 min read

Interview tips by a qualified nurse

Grace Barry 8 min read

I just had my first nursing job interview and here's what I learned

Laura Nuttal 6 min read

How I found a job as an RNLD Nurse

Lauren Young 7 min read

A good cover letter can make or break your nursing job application

Matt Farrah 6 min read

How to use your nursing course and placement experience in your first nursing job interview

Matt Farrah 8 min read

How to write a cover letter for a nursing job application

Matt Farrah 4 min read

How to write your CV as a third year student nurse applying for your first nursing job

Matt Farrah 6 min read

5 tips on how to stay confident for every nurse in a new job

Claire Carmichael 11 min read

Things to consider if returning from a nursing secondment

Katie James-Lawrie 7 min read

How to get involved and feel motivated with nursing

Claire Carmichael 14 min read

What is preceptorship and how does it help newly qualified nurses?

Chloe 12 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

Overcoming nursing burnout and building our resilience against it

Chloe 12 min read

Overcoming 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 13 min read

Advice for newly qualified Nurses

Chloe 23 min read

How to survive 12 hour shifts

Chloe 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 3 min read

Thinking about a different nursing pathway?

Ruth Underdown 6 min read

Newly qualified nursing experiences

Chloe 18 min read

Top tips to survive the night shift

Chloe 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

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