Add to favourites A career in nursing could see you caring for others in a range of settings, from hospitals to prisons and the armed forces. You'll need a degree to get started - find out more about how to become a nurse Adult nurses care for adult patients who are suffering from a variety of health conditions, ranging from minor injuries and ailments, to acute and long-term illnesses and diseases. They support recovery by using care plans, carrying out care procedures and assessments, and evaluating and focusing on the needs of the patient rather than the illness or condition. Nurses usually work within a multidisciplinary team but are the main point of contact for patients, often providing the most continuity of care.
You would care for adults who are sick, injured or disabled and support them and their families when they are anxious and upset. You'd work with doctors to give the patients practical medical care. You'd respond sensitively to the person's needs so they feel safe and looked after. Listen to patients and try to understand their worries Check patients' temperatures Measure patients' blood pressure and breathing rates Help doctors to examine patients Give drugs and injections Clean and dress people's wounds You would use high-tech medical equipment and carry out procedures like blood transfusions. You might also do routine checks and procedures with healthy people. You could work in a hospital or in the community at a GP's surgery, health centre or clinic.
Adult nurse Adult nurse In NHSScotland, adult nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings with patients aged over 16 and their families. Adult nurses help people to cope with all aspects of illness, treatment and recovery by assessing their needs, devising care plans and monitoring progress during treatment. Transcript Well, what made me first think about becoming a nurse?
Day centres Qualifications and training required The main route into qualifying as a nurse is to take a nursing degree in one of the four nursing specialisms: Some degree courses cover two of these fields, and are known as 'dual field' degrees. Most nursing degree courses are three years long, with the exception of dual field degrees and nursing degrees in Scotland. Nursing degree courses provide a mix of formal teaching and practical experience.