Health Care and Training: It's the Perfect Time to Join

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), June 10, 2003 | Go to article overview

Health Care and Training: It's the Perfect Time to Join


THERE has never a more exciting time to join the nursing or midwifery profession. The number and variety of roles is huge. As a nurse it is possible to work in, among others, hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics, nursing and residential homes, occupational health services, voluntary organisations that run hospices or residential care and the pharmaceutical industry.

Nurses also work in the prison service, university education, on leisure cruise ships or for the armed forces.

Nurses focus on the needs of the individual, rather than specific illnesses or conditions. They help individuals and their families to live more comfortable lives by providing care, advice and counselling.

PlacementsMidwives are often the key health professionals supporting, guiding and caring for the mother, baby and family through the months of pregnancy, during the birth itself and afterwards in the postnatal period.

It is possible to take either a diploma or degree course to qualify as a nurse. Education is provided by universities, with placements in local hospital and community settings.

The course is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practical. The first year is a Common Foundation Programme, which will introduce you to the basic principles of nursing.

You will then specialise in either adult, children's, mental health or learning disability nursing. Full time diploma courses last three years.

Degree courses last three or four years. Midwifery education is also at diploma or degree level. You will learn the theory and practical skills required to care for pregnant women, delivering babies, educat-ing and supporting parents.

The social , political and cultural issues affecting maternity care are also covered.

The number of opportunities for those qualifying in the adult branch of nursing is huge. It is possible to work in hospitals or the community - in old people's homes, attached to a health centre or in nursing homes.

You will care for, support and educate people of all ages. Once qualified, many nurses take extra courses to specialise in areas such as cancer care, women's health, accident and emergency, critical care, practice nursing, health visiting or school nursing. …

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