Working as Registered General Nurse

Working as an Adult Nurse

Adult nurses are primarily concerned with nursing sick and injured adults back to health in both hospital and community settings.

On the job
The focus of attention for a qualified nurse is the patient: not simply the condition from which he or she may be suffering, but the needs and anxieties which it may generate, including the pressures on family and friends.

Your place of work may be a hospital ward or specialist clinic, or it could be out in the community – visiting people at home or attached to local health centres. Nurses are playing an increasingly prominent role in the provision of health care in the community. At the same time, other nurses are at the forefront in very specialist areas such as intensive care, theatre and recovery, cancer care and care of the elderly.
What makes adult nursing such a challenge is the sheer diversity of situations you will have to respond to. You will be working with people who have acute and long-term illnesses. Many will be elderly, others will be younger people with chronic and acute illnesses and injuries.

As a nurse you need to know what to do, and you need to know why you’re doing it. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes doctors, physiotherapists, anaesthetists, pharmacists, dieticians and many more. So you also need to know how all these different people interlock.

The challenges of adult nursing are many and varied. You will need the presence of mind to juggle priorities among very different and constantly changing needs of patients. You will be the most frequent point of contact for patients, so you must be able to answer their questions and make sure their needs are recognised by the rest of the care team.

Working as an Childrens Nurse

Children’s nurses care for sick children and provide support for their families.

On the job
Children’s nursing can take you from intensive care of a new-born baby with breathing problems to looking after a six-foot-tall adolescent whose leg has been broken in a soccer match.

The reason you’re there as a children’s nurse is because children are not just mini-adults: their bodies (and minds) work in different ways. The onset of symptoms can be sudden and extreme.

Because children are still growing, the impact of the illness or injury on their development has to be taken into account. And because they are young, they may be more scared or confused by what is happening to them.

That’s why they require nurses who understand their particular needs.

Children have parents and brothers and sisters who are all involved in different ways. Children’s nurses work closely with patients’ families as part of the caring process.

Children’s nursing can sometimes involve managing distress.

A rich mix of emotions often surrounds child illness such as panic, anxiety, anger, powerlessness and guilt. You’ll play a key part in helping families come through their crises.

Contact the Bookings Team

If you are interested in joining Arcadia Nursing to find work as a Registered General Nurse, please complete the form below and we’ll be in touch

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