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Here at Secure healthcare, we understand that spinal cord injuries are continuing to rise over the last 10 years, and there is a growing challenge to look after these individuals to ensure that they live a quality life. It has become one of the most important health and care issues faced in the UK.

Spinal cord injuries
are generally caused by direct trauma, for example, it may be by falling down the stairs, a small fall, sporting injury, or car accident.

In the UK, the number of people being diagnosed with spinal cord injuries continues to increase, there are around 2500 people injured or diagnosed each year with a spinal cord injury.

The total number of people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK is 50,000.

A spinal cord injury is likely to be progressive over time, initially, you will get mild symptoms, however over time.

Everybody with a spinal cord injury will experience slightly different symptoms, depending on the area of the spine that has been injured and other related injuries. The force from these accidents to the spine causes the bone to break and affects the spinal cord. Injuries can also cause swelling from spinal fractures. With an older person, the force required to cause these injuries is likely to be much less, as the thinning of bones makes them more brittle which causes the bones to break more easily.

Some of the common symptoms include:
– Numbness below the level of the injury
– Muscle weakness below the level of the injury
– Loss of bowel and bladder control
– Loss of feeling in the chest, arm, or legs
– Breathing problems
– Loss of movement and finding it difficult to move around the house, without experiencing pain

We understand that looking after a loved one with a spinal cord injury, can be difficult, alongside other commitments, we know that family and friends want to remain close to their loved ones, which is why we provide spinal injury care within a home care setting. Whether you require personal home care for your loved ones for a few hours or for large periods of time, we are here to provide care and support. Our case managers work closely without the healthcare team to devise care plans to accommodate individual client needs. We provide mental support, care, and nutrition support and we are here to help.

Spinal Cord Injury Care
In summary how we can help

– Ensuring your loved ones stay safe at home in their own family surroundings
– Support in building confidence and encouraging individuals to try everyday tasks
– Support with meal preparation and ensuring individuals is eating a nutritious diet to encourage a healthy diet
– Regularly engage and stimulate with individuals by doing activities to encourage brain activity
– Supporting families of service users to reassure them that they are in the best possible hands
– Creating and managing bespoke plans tailored to individual needs. Whether you require us to visit many times a day, or a live-in carer to be there all the time, we are here to help.
– A dedicated care manager, who will be the point of contact for any queries or concerns that you may have.
– Dedicated specialist team, with professional training ad experience
– 24hr on-call support
– Monitoring and managing care plans to ensure the best quality care is provided.

If you or your loved ones required spinal injury care and support within a home care environment, contact us on 01902 302017 or click here to find out more about spinal injury care.

Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we are aware that, Dementia care is a growing challenge, and the number of individuals with dementia continues to increase as the population ages and people live for longer. It is has become one of the most important health and care issues faced in the UK.

Dementia is a range of conditions which cause damage to the brain. Damage can affect your memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Generally, dementia mainly affects the older generation. In the UK, there is around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, this is projected to increase to 1.6 million by 2040.

209,600 will develop dementia this year, that is one every three minutes.

1 in 6 people have dementia over the age of 80.

With dementia, individuals will be affected in different ways, depending on the impact of the disease.

There are three different stages with Dementia.

Early stage – gradually develops over time and is often ignored, as it is gradual.
Symptoms include:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Losing track of time
  • Getting confused in familiar places

Middle stage – When dementia progresses to the middle stage, the signs and symptoms become clear to recognise.

Symptoms include:

  • Forgetting recent activities and individual’s names
  • Getting confused at home and lost within your home
  • Struggling with communication
  • Requiring support with personal care
  • Behaviour changes such as wandering, repeated questioning and repeating activities

Late stage – The late stage of dementia is much more serious and requires a lot more dependence for care and support.

Symptoms include:

  • Individuals being unaware of the time and place
  • Difficulty recognising friends and family members
  • Increased need for care and support to get around the house
  • Difficulty walking
  • Behaviour changes that can include aggression and anger outbursts

Find out more about Dementia by clicking here

Dementia care
Senior man is sitting alone at the dining table in his home, with a worried expression on his face.

We understand that looking after a loved one with dementia can be difficult, alongside other commitments, we know that family and friends want to remain close to their loved ones, which is why we provide dementia care within a home care setting. Whether you require personal home care for your loved ones for a few hours or for large periods of time, we are here to provide care and support. Our case managers work closely with our healthcare team to devise a care plans to accommodate individual client needs. We provide mental support, care and nutrition support, we are here to help. We have a specialist team of Nurses and Carers on call that deal with dementia care across the West Midlands and Staffordshire.

In summary how we can help

  • We will ensure your loved ones stay safe at home in their own family surroundings
  • We will help them build confidence and encourage them to try everyday tasks
  • We can ensure that individuals are eating nutritious meals to encourage a healthy diet
  • Regularly engage and stimulating individuals with activities to encourage brain activity
  • Supporting loved one’s families to reassure them that they are in the best possible hands
  • Creating and managing bespoke plans tailored to individual needs. Whether you require us to be visit many times a day or a live-in carer to be there all the time, we are here to help.
  • A dedicated care manager, who will be the point of contact for any queries or concerns you may have
  • Dedicated specialist team, with professional training and experience
  • 24hr on-call support
  • Monitoring and managing care plans to ensure the best quality care is provided

If your loved ones require dementia care and support within a home care environment, contact us on 01902 302017 or click here to find out more about dementia care.

There is over 40 million people that have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. Approximately 27 million people have received both doses to provide maximum protection and here at Secure Healthcare Solutions we highly encourage individuals to come forward to be vaccinated to help protect against the threat of the new variants.

Public Health England outlines that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are highly effective against the (Delta) variant, identified in India. This reduces the risk of hospitalisation and death, which prevents the NHS hospitals being overwhelmed and to prevent another lockdown occurring in the UK.

PHE research carried out shows that individuals that received a single dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine have an 80% lower risk of death, and the second dose provides 85 to 90% protection against COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides 80% protection after one dose and 97% after 2 doses.

The UK is one of the leading nations to have vaccinated the population. Over 60% of the population has been vaccinated.
Click here to find out more about the COVID 19 vaccine.

Secure Healthcare Solutions is in the healthcare industry and is a healthcare staffing agency providing quality care and support to service users within care homes, hospitals and for homecare. Our staff members get priority to receive the COVID 19 vaccine and our patients that we care and provide support for have had the priority to receive the COVID 19 vaccine. As the people that we provide care for in the vulnerable category, we highly encourage individuals to take the vaccine.

We provide our service users PPE, including gloves, face masks and sanitiser. Our staff are also provided this too and appropriate PPE clothing to ensure our service users feel comfortable and safe. As a healthcare agency, safety is imperative for us when it comes to COVID 19 and we ensure that we follow all the government guidelines.

COVID 19 vaccine
COVID 19 vaccine

Our healthcare staff and patients are regularly tested for COVID 19 through rapid lateral flow home tests kits.

Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we understand that there is a lot of negative rumours about the vaccine, whether it is safe and the long-term side effects of the vaccine.

Who should not receive not receive the vaccine?
– Pregnant women
– Children under 16 (Moderna)
– Children under 18 (Astrazeneca/Oxford vaccine & Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine)
– History of allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to ingredients in the vaccine, if you unsure about this, before being vaccinated, ask members of staff.

Side effects of having the COVID-19 vaccine
There are many side effects of taking the COVID 19 vaccine, that are generally mild and should not last longer than a week.
These include:
– A sore arm, where the needle has been put in
– Fatigue
– Headaches
– Body aches
– Feeling or being sick

If you have any of the symptoms above, it is recommended to take paracetamols

If you want to find out more about how we support our service users and also how we support our staff with COVID 19 to ensure safety and individuals feeling comfortable, then please feel free to call us on 0121 285 9449. We highly encourage all our staff and service users to take the COVID 19 vaccine.

Working in the summer as a healthcare worker for a healthcare agency can be difficult because of the warm weather conditions. It is important that you stay cool and cool yourself down to prevent exhaustion.
Warm weather can cause health risks. It is vital that you identify the signs if someone is struggling in the warm weather and what you should do to protect yourself and service users from the heat.
There are various symptoms that individuals can experience in heat. These include:
* Heat stroke, which is life threatening illness in which the body temperature may be above (41 °C) within a short a short period of time.
* Heat cramps, muscle pains or spasms that occur during heavy exercise. Generally, you get these in your abdomen, arms and legs.
* Difficulty breathing and increased heart rate
* Dehydration, nausea or vomiting
* Difficulty sleeping, drowsiness, faintness and changes in behaviour
* Heat can affect the heart and respiratory system

Secure Healthcare’s tips to keep your body temperature down
Take regular showers and baths
We highly encourage you to take regular cool showers or baths. If you are providing home care for an individual, it may require you to assist an individual with a shower or bath. Even though it can be difficult during a warm period, it is important that patients regularly have a bath.

Drink regularly
While providing personal home care to an individual during the warm weather, one the most important things is to stay hydrated, particularly by drinking water and juice regularly. On average you are supposed to drink 2 litres of water a day, however during the warm weather we encourage you increase this intake. If you are providing care for an individual, you should monitor their daily fluid intake to ensure service users are hydrated.

Wear comfortable clothing
For our live-in carers, it is advised to wear clothing that is appropriate for warm weather conditions. This could be by wearing loose clothing which helps individuals feel comfortable. Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we provide our employees short sleeve tops and clothing appropriate for warm weather conditions. When providing care to patients it is important that they are dressed appropriately and feel comfortable, particularly during the warm weather.

healthcare worker
healthcare worker

Eat cold foods
During the warm weather, we encourage you to eat cold food, as opposed to hot food, eating food with high water content will also keep you hydrated, eating healthy foods such as fruits and salads contributes to a large amount of water to your diet.

Stay in the shade
When it is really hot, stay in the shade as much as possible to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion, it is recommended to stay in the shade as much as you can. Although sun is the best way to receive vitamin D, it is important to wear sunglasses and sun cream when outdoors to protect you from the sun.

Ventilated room
The room should be ventilated to ensure there is fresh air coming into the house. This is generally done by opening windows within the property. You could also use fans and air conditioning to ensure yourself or somebody you provide care for feel comfortable.

As a healthcare company, it is important that our staff and service users feel comfortable during the warm weather. Our staff have been professionally trained to deal with individuals in the warm weather.

Contact us on 0121 285 9449 or email us on homecare@securehealthcaresolutions to see how we can support you as staff or provide home care for your loved ones during the warm weather.

Over the last 10 years, there has been a major increase for children requiring Complex Care. There has been a 50% increase of individuals requiring Complex Care and there are over 100,000 children and young people that have complex needs.

One of the main reasons for this is because there has been an increase in the number of babies born with complex disabilities.
Caring for a young individual with complex needs can be difficult, particularly because young children are likely to be very needy at a young age, growing up. Young children that have complex needs attend school and it is important the correct support and care are provided around their education.

Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we provide complex care for young children, which is person-centered specialist support for young adults that have a long-term health condition, which could be due to a chronic illness, disability, or when discharged from hospital for care or treatment. As a healthcare agency, we understand that a young individual’s care needs are unique, therefore it is vital that we provide tailored care and support to care for these needs.

Complex Care
can be provided within a home environment, as Live-in care which is around-the-clock care in the comfort of your own home. Visiting care is when care is provided on an hourly basis when you require support, it may be for a few hours a day. Respite care is when care is delivered on a short-term basis, as individuals’ loved ones could be busy with other commitments or could be on holiday, also if the individual has been discharged from hospital extra support and care may be required to help you loved ones recover.

Those with a long-term illness or injury will benefit from Complex Care to accommodate towards individual needs. Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we have a team of clinical Nurses with years of medical expertise and experience who work collaboratively with case managers to ensure the right level of care is provided

NHS funding for young children that require Complex Care
The NHS provides funding for young individuals that have complex health needs, and qualify for FREE social care which is funded by the NHS, known as NHS continuing healthcare.

Complex Care
Complex Care

Young individuals that require complex care will be assessed by a team of healthcare professionals to assess care needs.
To discover more about Complex Care funding provided by the NHS, click here

There are many Complex Care conditions that we provide care and support for.
Including:
– Acquired brain Injury
– Spinal cord injuries
– Renal care
Palliative care
– Cerebral palsy
– Neurological conditions (MS & MND)
– Stroke & hypertension
– Parkinson’s and Huntington’s
Diabetes care
– Catheter, bowel & stoma care
– Tracheostomy care
– Gastronomy care
– Ventilated patients
Continence care
– PEG feeding
– Tracheostomy care

For those that are seeking Complex Care for yourself or a loved one, find out more about our Complex Care services by clicking here and contact our team on 0121 285 9449.

If you are seeking Complex Care within a care home or at home, Secure Healthcare offers this across the Midlands and Staffordshire.

Find out more about our Complex Care services and if you have any questions or queries, please contact one of the team members who are happy to help.

We completely understand how difficult it can be to see a loved one being affected by a terminal illness, which is where we can help by providing specialist palliative care and support to ensure your loved ones experience a quality of life and enjoy time with the family.

What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is when specialist care and support is provided to yourself or your loved ones that have a terminal illness, also to support friends and family.

WHO reports that each year an estimated 40million people require palliative care at home, worldwide only 14% of people who need palliative care currently receive it.

The aim of Palliative Care at home is to ensure you have a good quality of life, which includes you enjoying your time that you have left with your loved ones and being as active as possible.

Palliative care is offered to people with the following illnesses:
* Cancer
* Heart disease
* Blood and bone marrow disorders
* Cystic fibrosis
* End-stage liver disease
* Kidney failure
* Lung disease
* Parkinson’s disease
* Stroke

Home care Palliative Care

ONS stats show that ‘80% of people would like to spend their end of life in their own home. We work alongside medical teams to try and make this possible. With a majority of the people wanting to spend their remaining days in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by their loved ones, our services accommodate this important need and we appreciate that our clients want to remain in a familiar environment, surrounded by happy memories and things they enjoy.

Personal and domestic care
Individuals that have a lifelong condition may seek support and care to help with day-to-day tasks. Support could range from bathing, washing, meal preparation, household chores, and assisting with movement around the house. We are always here to support yourself or your loved ones.

Live-In-Care
Around-the-clock support to assist yourself or your loved ones in your own home, whether that is to provide support at any time of the day or night. The benefit of a live-in carer is that they understand the needs of individuals and get to know routines. Live-in-care can be provided as long as it is required. This can ease day-to-day responsibilities, so individuals can spend precious time with family and friends.

Palliative Care
Palliative Care

Respite Care
Care and support delivered on a short-term basis, as an individual’s loved ones may be busy with other commitments, or could be on holiday, and if an individual has come home from hospital, you may require extra support to help your loved ones recover.

If you are seeking end of life palliative care at home, across the Midlands and Staffordshire, then here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we are here to care and support you. Discuss your palliative care needs with us on 01902 302017, for us to provide you the best care and support tailored to your needs.

Or to find out more about our palliative care services, click here

It does not matter how much help is required, we are here to help by providing quality care and support, whether you require it short-term or long term.

What is Homecare
Home care services is when care and support is provided in the comfort of your own home and surroundings. In your home throughout the day, you are use to your own familiar surroundings and are used to interacting with people that you love. There will be a time when extra care and support is required which is why we offer home care in the comfort of your own home. With home care, there is much more flexibility, whether you need extra care and support for a few hours or live-in care. Home care is a financial saving, compared to care provided in care and residential homes.

Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions. We provide quality home care designed to deliver domiciliary care, specialist home care, and complex care to the elderly, adults, and children. We are governed by the CQC, with a rating of good, and we work with service users, families and friends, local authorities, social services, and cases managers to create tailored personal home care plans, so we can provide quality care to ensure our service users have a quality of life.

Our home care services are provided by our trained and qualified care team and we have a trained and qualified in-house healthcare team to ensure we provide quality care.

There are different types of home care, depending on the needs of the individual requiring care.

Personal care
This when extra care and support is required to assist with daily tasks throughout the day, which may be because of an illness or for an elderly individual.

Examples of personal care include:

  • Assisting with washing and dressing
  • Support with getting patients in and out of bed
  • Help with going to the toilet
  • Preparing daily meals
  • Talking to the patient and providing the patient company
  • Support with household tasks
  • Helping patients get around the house
  • Administering basic medicines

Companionship care
Companionship care is generally for the older generation who are lonely or at risk of becoming lonely. These individuals are healthy to live in the comfort of their own home, however require some company to not feel lonely to stay happy and mentally strong. Loneliness is a huge issue that impacts a lot of people in life and it is important to have somebody to talk to to build an individual’s confidence, ensure social involvement and avoid or ease depression.

Dementia care
According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, there is over 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, which is likely to increase by one million by 2025. There is no cure for dementia yet and looking after a loved one requiring dementia care full time can be difficult for a family member, alongside other commitments. Individuals with dementia are likely to have challenging behavior which is unpredictable throughout the day. For example, individuals with dementia may get confused, have angry outbursts and forget daily tasks on a regular basis. With an individual that has dementia, changing routine and the environment will be challenging which is why home care is much more beneficial than residential care, as loved ones are used to the place they know.

Home Care
Home Care

Live-in care
Live-in care is having the reassurance of 24-hour care when a professional carer lives in the home of the individual provided care and support for. Generally, live-in care will be for individuals that have a long-term condition that requires full-time care and support. It could also be to cover a family carer that is having a break. It is a great avenue for those that need daily care and companionship, which allows you to live in the comfort of your own home, have a routine, and develop a strong relationship with the carers.

Respite home care
Respite home care is a short-term care service. This could be to support somebody who cares for a loved one and it could be daily or weekly to help the family carer that has other commitments. It may be for a short period of time, while the family carer is on holiday or it could be to provide extra help when a patient has been discharged from hospital to help the individual recover, as the individual could struggle with movement, have difficulty performing daily tasks and taking medications or injections while recovering.

Nursing care
Although care workers are trained to do medical tasks and administer a lot of medications and wounds, there will be medical tasks that need to be carried out by a qualified nurse which requires nurses’ training and experience. A nurse could be required to care and support for those that have the effects of a stroke, Huntington’s disease, brain or spinal injury, muscular dystrophy, motor neuron disease, cancer care, surgical procedures, tracheostomy care, stoma care, and catheter care, which requires specialist training. Nurses could also be dressing wounds, treating and managing skin problems, and administering injections and some types of medications.

Whether you or your loved ones require home care full-time or part-time, then we are here to help. Find out more about our home care services by clicking here. Contact the home care team on 01902 302017 to discuss home care needs for yourself or your loved ones.

The NHS faces one of the greatest challenges of delayed discharge of patients as there is no or insufficient home support to meet the daily essential needs when patients are ready to leave the hospital, resulting in patients remaining in the care of the NHS. This results to hospital beds being occupied, which becomes very costly for the NHS, also it restricts treatments for those that are more likely to need it. Healthy patients can also contract illnesses in hospitals such as flu or urinary tract infections. Delayed discharge has resulted in a difficult cycle which hospitals are finding difficult to overcome, despite all the hard work of the hospital staff and adult social services within the local authorities.

Secure healthcare is here to offer compassionate and efficient discharge services across the UK. We ensure that we take care of the patients’ discharge when the healthcare professionals at the hospital have approved for the patient to be discharged. We make sure that the patient returns safely within their home or care home and ensure they receive the support and care required after they leave the hospital.

What is Secure Healthcare Solutions Fast Track Discharge Services?
Our discharge services ensure patients return to their homes or care homes safely, reducing the amount of time spent in the hospital and avoiding necessary delays. We provide after-care when released from the hospital to ensure patients receive adequate support.

Fast Track Discharge Services
A woman with cancer is sitting in a wheelchair. She walks on the street with her daughter and they fool around. They are fun and they laugh. They walk in the courtyard of the clinic.

We can:

  • Create a post-discharge plan to suit individual patient needs.
  • Arrange to accompany a patient home from the hospital or can arrange to meet the patient on arrival at home.
  • We can provide further support to those that require it to settle back in, which could include helping with shopping for basic food and clothing essentials, ensuring the house is clean and tidy, supplying basic medicine if required. This is essential for patients that do not have much or any family support.
  • Remain overnight or stay with the individual requiring care for a few days, or providing more intensive support if required.
  • Check-in with the patient to ensure that they are receiving the sufficient care required.
  • Whether you require a nurse, healthcare care assistant, or community support worker, we are here to provide this support.
  • We operate 24/7 and our team can deal with any discharge inquiries.
  • Agree with individual, family, or care manager about the extra support required when discharged from the hospital, short term, and long-term requirements to ensure that we are providing quality care.
  • Communicate with GP’s, Nurses, and hospital professionals about the support the individual patient will require to prevent the patient from being readmitted.

The NHS provides further information about arranging care before leaving the hospital. Click here to find out more.

Secure healthcare solutions are here to support those that require discharge services across the Midlands and Staffordshire, areas including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke, Coventry, Cheshire, Shropshire, Worcester, and much more.
Speak to us today to see how we can support patients with discharge services. Email us at homecare@securesolutions.co.uk or call us on 01902 302 017 to discuss how we can support you to provide the best possible care and support.

Worldwide pregnant women experience mental health during pregnancy or after birth. On average WHO reports that 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental disorder, mainly depression. The mother may experience perinatal mental illnesses and may experience a range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-partum, psychosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder. NHS outlines that around 20% of mothers in the UK experience perinatal mental illnesses. If the illnesses are not treated, it can affect other members of the family, including children and the father. Around 25 – 50% of fathers will experience perinatal depression. Generally, this is a stressful time for the family who are likely to be under pressure during this time.

Having a child can be a stressful event, as you are unable to undertake activities and have a regular routine which you are used to. Individuals may struggle to adapt to a new way of living. Parents are likely to argue during this stressful time and there is likely to be sleep disturbance throughout the night. The father and mother are likely to spend less time together which impacts their relationship, and it is likely to lead to depression and anxiety.

Initially, most women will experience tearfulness and low mood, as soon the baby has been born, however, if this continues you may be suffering from postnatal depression and perinatal mental illness. Symptoms are different for every mom.

Symptoms of maternal mental health
– Often feeling sad and tearful.
– Anxiety, afraid to be on your own with your baby.
– Struggling to adjust to parenthood and bonding with your baby.
– Feeling stressed and unmotivated.
– Generally feeling more tired than usual but struggling to go to sleep.
– You may feel less interested in eating.
– You may get angry and annoyed more easily.
– Difficulties with clear thinking and making decisions.

maternal mental health
maternal mental health

What to do if you are suffering from maternal mental health
If you are suffering from postnatal depression and perinatal mental health issues, then it is good to initially speak to your loved ones and seek professional help if required. At Secure healthcare Solutions, we want women and families to know that support is available during this difficult time.

The NHS gives some great advice about Mental health experienced during pregnancy. Click here to find out more.

Our healthcare professionals are here to support you, particularly our support workers. They look after the well-being of people in their daily lives. Individuals can be supported with carrying out daily tasks to care for themselves, providing emotional support, and teaching new skills which will help you.

Speak to us today to see how we can support individuals with maternal mental health problems. Email us at homecare@securesolutions.co.uk or call us on 01902 302 017 to discuss how we can support you or your loved ones to provide the best possible care and support.

If you have always been a caring and considerate person, then you might have thought about becoming a nurse. A nurse is currently the UK’s most employable type of degree. 94% of students get a job within six months of their course finishing. Becoming a nurse is hard work, but is also one of the most rewarding careers that you could ever do. You can go home every day knowing that you have made a profound difference in someone’s life, simply by doing your job and being you. If you are interested in a nursing job and wondering “how do I get into nursing?” There are a few things you need to think about.

Consider the field of nursing you want to go into
There are many different branches within the nursing career field. These include adult nursing, children’s nursing, mental health nursing and learning disability nursing. You could choose to specialize in one or do a degree that allows you to study in two of them. Do your research before you decide which you want to do. While they are all nursing jobs, they are all very different in what they entail.

The route you will take to become a nurse
Once you have decided to become a nurse, you will need to consider how you will do this. You will also need to think of how you can fit it around your everyday life. There are a few ways that you can become a nurse:

– Studying at university –
This is probably the most common and well-known route to become a nurse. Each university in the UK has its own criteria for entry. You will need to do your research and find which one is best for you. It’s like you will need at least two or three A-levels as well as supporting GCSE’s. You can also find some online degrees if you cannot go out to university. This might be the case for example, you have children at home that you need to look after.

– By doing a nursing degree apprenticeship –
Nursing degree apprenticeships are a bit of a newer offering and more and more NHS organizations are offering this now. You will still need to study in order to become a nurse. The difference is you will be at university part-time and do various placements. In order to begin a nursing apprenticeship, you will typically need a level 3 qualification. Your apprenticeship should take about four years.

Nursing
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– By becoming a nursing associate –
A nursing associate is a great one if you want to head straight into work. While not the same as being a registered nurse, you can do further training to top-up your training and climb the ranks. In this role, you will work alongside fully qualified nurses and nursing care support workers. You will learn on the job and undertaking training. You will have a range of opportunities in a diverse range of settings. These are great to broaden your experience and teach you on the job.

Think about if a nursing job is for you
There are many attributes that make up a great nurse and it can help if you have these qualities. The first of these is adaptability. Each day working as a nurse can be completely different. You will need to be prepared to adapt and switch up what you are doing at a moment’s notice. You will need to be ready to work under pressure and expect the unexpected each and every day.

Another attribute you will also need is to have patience. You may have a difficult patient that doesn’t want to eat or take medication, or their family may try to intervene. It is important that you take deep breaths and try to keep calm and patient at all times. This will make it easier for everyone involved.

You will need to be prepared to commit. Nursing isn’t a job you can put in minimal effort and put down at the end of the day. It is a commitment to caring for your patients and going above and beyond on a daily basis. You may get home and find that you are impacted by the day’s events and sometimes have to work overtime.

Another quality you will need to have is empathy. Being a nurse is a full-on and emotional job and you will be dealing with people suffering the worst challenges of their lives. Try to empathize with how they might be feeling and how you can make this better.

These are just some of the top tips to get into a nursing job. A nursing career is a very rewarding one, but one that you will dedicate your life to. Think about the above and decide carefully if it is for you. If you have enjoyed our article on “how do I get into nursing” why not get in touch? You can see the nursing jobs we have available on our site. Find out more about our nursing jobs and vacancies here.