Nurses trained in the adult branch assess, plan and
implement the nursing care of patients aged 16 and over
are ill, injured or who have physical disabilities. They
observe and evaluate patients' progress, adapting the
nursing care plan if necessary in consultation with
may also counsel patients and their relatives.
They give practical nursing care which can include checking temperatures, blood pressure and respiration rates, assisting doctors with physical examinations, giving drugs and injections, cleaning and dressing wounds and administering blood transfusions and drips. Much of the work can involve using hi-tech medical equipment.
Qualified nurses can specialise in areas such as accident and emergency, cardiac rehabilitation, outpatients, neonatal nursing, or operating theatre work. Nurses can also work in the community, for example, in walk-in health centres, clinics, schools, or prisons.
Practice nurses work in doctors' surgeries. Their duties can include:
Nurses in the NHS work 37.5 hours a week, which can include evening, weekend and night shifts. Many hospitals offer flexible hours of work. Some nurses work extra hours, either as overtime or for nursing agencies that supply staff to the private sector.
Adult branch nurses can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, hospices, GP surgeries, schools, private hospitals, prisons, or in the community visiting patients at home.
To be a registered nurse, you should:
The NHS is the largest employer of nurses. Employment prospects are excellent since there is a current shortage of nurses. Other employers include private hospitals and nursing homes, schools and colleges, HM Forces, the prison service and industry.
Some nurses go onto train to become midwives, district nurses or health visitors (see relevant job profiles); others become clinical specialists, often combining this with research and teaching. There are also opportunities to work for nursing agencies or be self-employed.
Promotion for registered nurses is usually to sister or charge nurse, responsible for managing a hospital ward, clinic or department, or a team of nurses in the community. Some nurses choose to move into more general NHS management.
If you would like to know anything about Nurse specialising in Adults that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service (NMAS)
New Barn Lane
Tel: 0870 112 2206 for general enquiries
Tel: 0870 112 2200 for application packs
Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS)
New Barn Lane
Tel: 0870 1122 211
23 Portland Place
Tel: 020 7637 7181
Overseas: 020 7333 6600
General: 020 7333 9333
NHS Education for Scotland
Careers Information Service
66 Rose Street
Tel: 0131 225 4365
Health Professions Wales
2nd Floor, Golate House
101 St Mary Street
Tel: 029 2026 1400
Queens University of Belfast
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Medical Biology Centre
97 Lisburn Road
Tel: 028 9097 2233
University of Ulster at Jordanstown
School of Nursing
Tel: 08700 400 700