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Are you seeking a rewarding role, where you feel you are making a difference to individuals every day life, then look no further and join the Nursing industry.

Within the Nurse sector, there is different types of Nurses, generally an individual will start their Nursing career as a Registered General Nurse to then progress careers to potentially become specialist Nurses.

To become a Nurse a Nursing degree will be required.

Nurses.co.uk outlines that ‘there are over 669,854 registered Nurses in the UK and a Nursing degree is considered to be most employable in the UK, 94% of graduates discover a job within 6 months of finishing their degree’. When starting you career within the Nursing industry, it is a job for life and it has excellent career progression opportunities, depending on your willingness to gain qualifications and experience.

Personal skills required to be a Nurse
To start, you would need a Nursing degree, however there is a lot more required than just a Nursing degree, individuals would have to be passionate about care and compassionate, you get a huge satisfaction caring for people every day.

Strong Character
A Nursing role can be mentally and physically demanding at times. You have to be prepared for challenges and emotionally ready. The benefit of working a few days, is that it allows you to have a few days off to relax and recover and it is a rewarding career.

Communication skills
These skills are highly important for Nurses to solve problems with patients and communication and listening skills are important.

Flexibility
Within a Nursing career, it is rarely a 9-5 job, it is unlikely that you will have a consistent routine. Your shifts, responsibilities and workload is likely to change. You are likely to do long shifts up to 12hrs.

The Main different types of Nurses
An RGN is the most common type of Nurse in the UK. This is the best place to start your Nursing profession, after getting your Nursing licence. Registered Nurses work as part of a team with doctors and other medical professionals. Generally, RGN’s work within hospitals and residential care facilities. Through this opportunity you can develop professionally and personally to progress your career to become a specialised Nurse.

Nurses
Nurses

An RNLD Nurse is a learning disability nurse which specialises in dealing with individuals that have learning disabilities. For this role specialist qualifications and training would be required. The role of a learning disability nurse can be rewarding and you are support individuals with learning disabilities to live a more fulfilling life. This can be provided within a home care, hospital or care home setting.

RMN
An RMN Nurse specialises in dealing with individuals that have mental health conditions, to care and support them to recover from their illness and assist them in living a fulfilling life. This can be provided within a home care, hospital or care home setting. Again, for this specialist Nursing qualifications, training and experience would be required.

ICU Nurses
ICU nurses work within a hospital setting providing intensive care for those that are seriously ill or have injuries. Due to difficulty of this position, individuals will require training, qualifications and continued education before becoming an ICU Nurse.

As a healthcare staffing agency, we are hiring Registered Nurses, RMN’s and RNLD within the West Midlands and Staffordshire for the NHS, hospitals, care homes and for home care. Here at Secure Healthcare Solutions, we provide our Nurses FREE training to allow them to become specialist Nurses and for career progression. Join our team of valued Nurses, where we offer great rewarding salary and benefits.

Find out more about our Nursing jobs in the West Midlands and Staffordshire, using our job search tool, or contact us on 0121 285 9449 to secure a role with us today.

Nurses who qualify in this branch of nursing help people with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives. They may work with people in supported accommodation, or with those who need more intensive support – for instance, in hospitals or in specialist secure units for offenders with learning disabilities. There is also the opportunity to specialise in areas such as epilepsy management or working with people with sensory impairment.

You need to complete a pre-registration nursing programme and have excellent communication skills to be a learning disability nurse In this role you will help people of all ages with learning disabilities to maintain their health and wellbeing and to live their lives as fully and independently as possible. You’ll also offer support to their families, carers and friends.

Being a learning disability nurse includes teaching people the skills to look after themselves or to find work, and helping with daily activities such as attending college, going on holiday or out with friends.

You’ll need to draw up care plans and monitor the implementation of recommendations and will work in teams with other nurses and health and social welfare professionals.

As well as helping patients to stay healthy and making sure that they get any medical care they need, you’ll help their families and carers to take breaks when necessary.

Getting Qualified 

To work as a nurse in the UK, you must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). To become registered, you need to have completed an accepted pre-registration nursing programme and these are only run at NMC approved educational institutions (AEIs).

Pre-registration degrees can be taken in four disciplines:

  • children (paediatric);
  • adult;
  • learning disability;
  • mental health.

Typically, half of the course is based in clinical practice, giving you direct experience of working with patients and families. You could be based within a variety of settings including hospitals, the community, patients’ homes and independent organisations.

Developing Relevant Skills 

You will need to show:

  • empathy, sensitivity and compassion when working with patients and their families;
  • flexibility as you’ll be dealing with patients who have a range of needs;
  • patience in difficult circumstances and because results may not be quick;
  • assertiveness and the ability to advocate for people with learning disabilities;
  • emotional resilience;
  • good communication skills and the ability to gain the trust of people from a range of backgrounds;
  • ability to work as part of a team.

Taking Responsibilities

The work is mainly based in community or supported living-settings and your tasks may include:

  • using expert communication skills to engage with vulnerable people;
  • interpreting and understanding behaviour and evidence-based outcomes to develop individual care packages;
  • coordinating healthcare reviews/care plans with other health and social welfare professionals, and completing appropriate paperwork;
  • organising home visits and attending GP clinic appointments to monitor and discuss progress with patients, their carers and their GP;
  • planning activities, social events and holidays with service users (in supported-living settings);
  • liaising with hospital admissions staff to plan patients’ care needs on admission and discharge (e.g. housing and medication);
  • carrying out group work on issues such as problem-solving, anxiety management, healthy living and behaviour management;
  • supporting staff and carers in the community;
  • assisting with tests, evaluations and observations;
  • maintaining awareness of local community activities and opportunities;
  • supporting the agenda for equality and equal access to all community and public services.

Managing Expectations 

  • Where you work can vary. If you’re based in the community you may be in clinic-type settings and/or spend time visiting patients in their own homes. You could also work with people in supported accommodation or with children in independent and state-funded specialist schools.
  • Opportunities exist in most major towns and cities, but may be more limited in rural areas.
  • Most learning disability nurses tend not to wear a uniform but may adhere to a dress code.
  • The work may be emotionally and physically demanding at times but can also be rewarding when you see the result of your work with a patient.
  • You could spend a lot of time travelling during a working day, particularly if your service covers a large geographical area.

Working For Good Employers 

As a learning disability nurse, you can work in a variety of settings, including services provided by the NHS, social services and private companies. These include:

    • day services;
    • private hospitals;
    • home-based care;
    • Nursing Homes;
    • supported accommodation (where five or six tenants live together in a house);
    • adult education centres;
    • prisons and detention centres;
    • workplaces;
  • specialist schools;

In addition, there are a number of charities and private and voluntary organisations that provide support and accommodation for people with learning disabilities.

There are many specialist nursing agencies, such as Secure Healthcare Solutions, that recruit for both permanent and temporary positions. Look for job vacancies at: securehealthcaresolutions.co.uk/jobs