Registered Nurse: District Careers

How to become Registered Nurse: District

What does a Registered Nurse: District do?

District nurses, also known as community nurses, provide nursing care for people of all ages in a variety of non-hospital settings including patients' homes, GP surgeries or residential nursing homes. They aim to respond quickly and intensively to patients' needs to enable them to avoid hospital admission, or be discharged early.

District nurses are responsible for assessing, planning and managing the care of patients. Duties include: administering drugs, checking temperatures, blood pressure and respiration rates, assisting doctors with physical examinations, giving injections, cleaning and dressing wounds, and administering blood transfusions and drips.

Their work may also involve running clinics for people with diabetes, performing minor surgery, and carrying out a range of resuscitation procedures. District nurses manage a caseload of patients, and may progress into management, leading a team of more junior staff or teach nursing students.

They work with other health professionals supporting the family and carers of the patient. They offer emotional support to the patient and their family and, where appropriate, teach them basic care giving skills.

What's the working environment like working as a Registered Nurse: District?

The district nursing service is generally provided between 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Out of hours work is provided either on an on-call basis or via dedicated out of hours staff.

District nurses are normally based at a health centre, as part of a community health care team. As the work involves a good deal of travelling, a driving licence is essential.

The work can be very physically and emotionally demanding.

What does it take to become a Registered Nurse: District?

To be a district nurse, you should:

  • have the ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • have excellent communication and listening skills
  • be confident, adaptable and resourceful
  • be tactful, understanding, patient and sensitive
  • be in good health and physically fit
  • have the ability to teach others how to carry out routine nursing tasks
  • be able to work well in a team and on your own initiative
  • be well organised and have a thorough approach to record keeping
  • have the ability to anticipate and identify potential health problems.

Registered Nurse: District Career Opportunities

District nurses are employed by NHS Trusts and generally they are attached to one or more GP surgery. There is a steady demand for new district nurses. There are also opportunities to work in research, education or for a statutory nursing body, developing training or giving careers advice.

There are promotion opportunities available in clinical specialisms, health service management or teaching.

There are opportunities to work abroad, especially in developing countries.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Registered Nurse: District that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association
33-37 Moreland Street
Tel: 020 7780 4000

NHS Learning and Development Service
Tel: 08000 150 850

NHS Careers
PO Box 376
BS99 3EY
Tel: 0845 606 0655

Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service (NMAS)
New Barn Lane
GL52 3LZ
Tel: 0870 112 2206 for general enquiries
Tel: 0870 112 2200 for application packs

Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS)
New Barn Lane
GL52 3LZ
Tel: 0870 1122 211

23 Portland Place
Tel: 020 7637 7181
Registration contacts
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
CF10 1DX
Tel: 029 2026 1400

Northern Ireland
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
Shore Road
Co Antrim
BT37 0Q
Tel: 08700 400 700

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