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Neuro Nurse jobs: frequently asked questions
Welcome to our Neuro Nurse jobs page, featuring the very latest neuro nursing roles across the UK, as well as frequently asked questions below.
What is a Neuro Nurse?
Neuro Nurses (who can also be referred to as Neuroscience Nurses, Neurology Nurses or Neuro-disability Nurses) care for people with a wide variety of neurological conditions.
There are lots of specialist areas within this field, including neurosurgery, neurotrauma, long-term neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, and neurological limitations like motor neurone disease.
Neuro Nurses can sometimes work in an A&E environment, offering care and support in the immediate aftermath of a brain injury. Similarly, Neuro Nurses often work in a more post-operative environment, supporting the rehabilitation process.
Neuro Nurses work within the NHS and the private sector.
What are the daily duties of a Neuro Nurse?
As a Neuro Nurse, your role is highly specialised and no day is the same as your last. Equally, the care setting will determine the kind of daily duties you perform.
However, your responsibilities might broadly include:
• Assessing patients
• Administering tests and medicine
• Supporting a neurological doctor with examinations and procedures
• Communicating with and supporting the families of patients
• Providing rehabilitation support and advice
Like a General Nurse you will likely work in a shift pattern, which could involve night shifts and unsociable hours.
What qualifications do you need to become a Neuro Nurse?
To become a Neuro Nurse you need to be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as a Nurse. And to be eligible to register you need to complete a nursing degree – ideally in Adult Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing or Mental Health Nursing which will give you the best foundation.
Courses typically last three years and are available at universities and institutions throughout the country. Half of your course will involve clinical practice, where you will gain a good understanding of what being a Nurse is really like.
Subsequently, you’ll probably need to work as a Nurse for a while before starting to specialise in neurology nursing.
You won’t necessarily need any further qualifications to apply for a Neuro Nurse job, but you will certainly need to demonstrate a keen interest in this area, as well as some specific neurological experience.
However, if you have the opportunity to take a top-up course in neurology or neuroscience, or study for a Master’s Degree, you will certainly improve your prospects.
How much do Neuro Nurses get paid?
Neuro Nurses within the NHS are paid according to the same banding system as any other nurse.
A newly qualified nurse starts on a Band 5 salary, but many Neuro Nurse roles start at Band 6, given the specialist experience required. A Band 5 Nurse starts on £24,907 a year in 2020, and a Band 6 Nurse earns £31,365 to begin with.
However, this can vary because many neurological nursing positions require skills and qualifications that are quite advanced.
Meanwhile, many Neuro Nurses are employed within the private sector – in private hospitals, specialist care homes and rehabilitation facilities. Here, pay is harder to predict and far more varied. But with enough experience, a Neuro Nurse can expect to earn a salary that’s in line with equivalent NHS pay at the very least.
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