How to become a Nurse or Midwife


Nursing degree

Most people qualify by studying a degree in nursing. Nursing degrees aren’t all about having your nose in a book. There is lots of practical hands on experience with patients in hospital and community settings. Approved full-time nursing degree courses last for three (or four years if taking a dual-field degree), or longer if taken on a part-time basis. Accelerated courses for graduates take two years. Courses involve spending half your time studying at university and half gaining practical, supervised experience in a range of healthcare settings.

The first thing to decide is which field of nursing you want to study in.
The four fields of nursing are:

Adult nursing
Children’s nursing
Learning disability nursing
Mental health nursing

Skills Key

Condition Management Condition Management
Flexibility Flexibility
Problem Solving Problem Solving
Time Management Time Management
Team Work Team Work
Communication Communication
Compassion Compassion

Why did you choose to become a nurse?


Each Capital Nurse has their own story to becoming a nurse and reasons why

I feel blessed to have finally found a workplace that I love. I am still growing and learning and improving new nursing skills every day thanks to our mentors in the ClinicaI Skills Department and to all senior staff in Recovery Ward… I am thankful that I have made so many new friends along the way and some have become my 2nd family.
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Air Caballes
Recovery Nurse
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
I was self-motivated and determined and Whittington Health has given me the opportunity to do a public health course full-time for a year. I’m a Band 7 nurse now and work in a close team of people who look after 57 Islington schools.
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Becky Muhima
Specialist Community Public Health Nurse
Whittington Health NHS Trust

Other ways to become a nurse


Registered nurse degree apprenticeships (RNDA)

A registered nurse degree apprenticeship (RNDA) offers a flexible route to becoming a nurse that doesn’t require full-time study at university.

You will need to secure a position as an RNDA and your employer will release you to study at university part time. You will train in a range of practice placements, for example hospitals, GP practices, people’s homes and mental health facilities.

You’ll typically need level 3 and maths and English qualification/s to start an RNDA. If you have a level 5 qualification as a nursing associate or assistant practitioner, your apprenticeship might be called a ‘top up’ RNDA or ‘conversion’ to registered nurse course.

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Nursing associate

The role of nursing associate sits alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses in both health and social care.

It opens up a career in nursing to people from all backgrounds and offers the opportunity to progress to training to become a registered nurse.

Nursing associates work across all four fields of nursing: adult, children’s, mental health, and learning disability. Your skills and responsibilities will vary, depending on the care setting you work in. You’ll undertake academic learning one day a week and work-based learning the rest of the week.

A nursing associate is not a registered nurse, but with further training, it can be possible to ‘top up’ your training to become one.

Explore the links below for more information about becoming a nurse or midwife:

There are hundreds of reasons that professionals from all over the world set up home in London.

If you have completed a nursing or midwifery qualification and want to relocate, find out how to apply here.

Are you a registered nurse and based outside the UK but looking to relocate?

Nursing in the Community – The Queen’s Nursing Institute

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