Becoming a Registered Nurse or Nursing Associate
You might like to consider a role in nursing if you:
- have good English and number skills
- are an excellent communicator
- work well in a team
- are able to problem solve efficiently
To practice as a Nurse or Nursing Associate you’ll need the relevant degree and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
If you are already working in a Nursing Home as a senior care worker, your employer may support you to study a Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship or a Nursing Associate Apprenticeship. This will require you to attend university/college alongside your normal role and you will be given protected time to study and attend placements to gain experience in other health and care settings. Normally, the course fees will be covered by your employer and you will continue to earn your usual salary while you study.
The Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship is four years and the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship is two years. Once you have qualified as a Nursing Associate you can complete a further two years of study at any time to become a Registered Nurse. There are also short courses available for people who used to be registered as a nurse or nursing associate but have let their registration lapse and now wish to return to practice.