Resources - Career Options in Nursing & Midwifery

If you want to work in an environment that's interesting, rewarding and challenging, a career in nursing will give you plenty of scope to do exactly that. Nurses form the largest group of staff in any hospital and are a crucial part of the healthcare team. Nurses work in every sort of health setting from accident and emergency to working in patients' homes, with people of all ages and backgrounds.

So, if you've got an interest in caring for people, you'll find a role that suits you in nursing. Some nurses begin their career by working their way up from support roles, which require no set qualifications, and go for a registered nursing diploma, which qualifies them to work as a nurse.

Once you are part of the Samarpan Institute of Nursing & Paramedical Sciences, you'll benefit from flexible arrangements, excellent benefits and a wealth of opportunities to help you fulfil your ambitions and progress up the career ladder. There are few professions that offer so much in terms of job satisfaction and support, while giving you the chance to enhance people's lives during their times of need.

Career options

Here you will find information about some of the many types of nursing that exist in our healthcare industry. You can work your way up from being a healthcare assistant (which may not require any qualifications), and progress to apply for a diploma course in nursing. Depending on experience and training there are plenty of opportunities for you to rise up the ranks to manage teams, run wards and even reach consultant level, if desired.

Main Types of Nursing:

  • Adult nurses
  • Mental health nurses
  • Children's nurses
  • Learning disability nurses
  • School nurses
  • Healthcare assistants

Adult nurses

Adult nurses work with old and young adults with diverse health conditions, both chronic and acute. They juggle numerous priorities and use caring, counselling, managing, teaching and all aspects of interpersonal skills to improve the quality of patients' lives, sometimes in difficult situations. Work may be based in hospital wards, clinics or, increasingly, community settings and you may do shift work to provide 24-hour care.

Mental health nurses

As many as one in three people has a mental health problem at some point in their life, regardless of their age or background. Conditions range from personality and psychological disorders to neuroses and psychoses. Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing - a complex and demanding area to help care for patients with mental illnesses. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in specialist clinics or units. You may do shift work to provide 24-hour care. This is a valuable role that provides much reward and satisfaction.

Children's nurses

This branch of nursing involves working with children of all ages who are suffering from many conditions. Children's nurses deal with a range of situations, including babies born with heart complications, teenagers who have sustained broken limbs, and child protection issues. Health problems can affect a child's development and it's vital to work with the child's family or carers to ensure that he or she does not suffer additionally from the stress of being ill or in hospital. Children's nursing takes place in hospitals, day care centres, child health clinics and in the child's home. Like other branches of nursing, care is becoming more community-based. You may do shift work to provide 24-hour care.

Learning disability nurses

People with learning disabilities often have a wide range of physical and mental health conditions. Learning disability nurses work in partnership with them and family carers, to provide specialist healthcare. Their main aim is to support the well-being and social inclusion of people with a learning disability by improving or maintaining their physical and mental health; by reducing barriers; and supporting the person to pursue a fulfilling life. For example, teaching someone the skills to find work can be significant in helping them to lead a more independent, healthy life where they can relate to others on equal terms. Learning disabilities nursing is provided in settings such as adult education, residential and community centres, as well as in patients' homes, workplaces and schools. Learning disability nurses work as part of a team alongside psychologists, therapists, teachers and social workers. If you work in a residential setting, you may do shifts to provide 24-hour care.

School nurses

School nurses are usually employed by a primary care trust, local health authority, community trust or by individual schools. You will need to be an experienced registered nurse before you can apply to work as a school nurse. Experience of working with children, in child protection or health promotion will be beneficial.

Healthcare assistants

Healthcare Assistants (sometimes known as nursing auxiliaries or support workers) are not qualified nurses. These vital team members work with nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals, helping with care and looking after patients' comfort and well-being.


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