Options for a Nursing Career

All hospital departments from A&E to Urology will need nurses, so you have a lot of choice when it comes to finding a specialism or even going into other fields such as midwifery. It’s not just nursing in hospitals and nursing homes that could be your way into a nursing career. This post takes a look at career options within the broad area of nursing.

When you’ve fully qualified as a nurse, it’s worth noting that you have many different career paths available to you. There are many different specialisms you can follow, whether it’s mental health, child nursing or occupational health, there are always options open. We will always need nurses, so you can be safe in the knowledge that this career is a secure and reliable option in today’s fraught job market.

Independent Sector

Providing the majority of the UK’s long term patient care, the independent nursing sector comprises of for profit and not-for-profit organisations and registered charities.

School Nursing

It’s not just dealing with cuts and bruises; you will deal with vaccinations, healthy eating advice, supporting and advising schools with their health agendas.

Working in any one of Occupational Health

A variety of industries, an occupational health nurse assists with employees that have chronic long term health conditions, health and safety, management of sickness absence amongst other responsibilities.

Agency Nursing

Agencies, such as Nursing Personnel, recruit nurses into various settings including the NHS. Working within an agency usually entails a greater degree of flexibility which can be great for nurses with families and other responsibilities outside of work.


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The majority of primary care is provided by the NHS in the first instance. Working with the NHS is great for nurses who want to pursue a linear career with a definitive path. The profession is highly unionised so your working rights are protected and always under review. It is not the sole provider of public sector healthcare, however. The military also recruit nurses in the air force, the army and the navy.

When choosing the right path for you, weighing up the pros and cons of each route is the best way to go about this major decision. Think about where you want to go with your career – if you want to follow a definite path, the NHS might be your best route. Think about whether you want a degree of flexibility. Be aware of the working culture and aims of the employer before you commit, as well as their reputation with employees and quality of care.

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