Navigating the Path: Journey to becoming a Level 6 Registered Nurse (NMC 2010)

Understanding the Responsibilities of a Nurse

A nurse is a crucial role in addressing the diverse health and care needs of patients. This involves not only providing essential care but valuable advice and support to individuals dealing with illness, injury or disability. 

The responsibility of a nurse demands high-level of patience and resilience as they navigate through the challenges of healthcare to ensure the well-being of their patients 

As part of your role as registered nurse, your duties will entail but not limited to: 

  • Prioritising the needs of patients and service users by utilising your expertise to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care
  • Taking accountability for your effectiveness of your actions
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Ensure skills are up to date with training and support the development of learners
  • Follow the NMC code and meet the requirements

What is the difference with apprenticeship and degree in Nursing?

You might be wondering, what is the difference between pursuing the apprenticeship route compared to pursuing the degree route at university? 

A Nursing Degree apprenticeship will allow you to train and become a Registered Nurse The difference is, through the apprenticeship route, you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your practical skills both at the same time. This also means that you will be able to earn as you learn whilst completing your course.

What happens after?

After you 4 year programme, you will receive a degree in Nursing and register with the NMC as a Band 5 Registered Nurse. 

What is the NMC?

NMC is the Nursing and Midwifery Council who will provide the set of skills and foundations to all nurses, ensuring to uphold professional standards for all nurses, midwives and specialists. 

What can I specialise in?

With this apprenticeship degree, you have the opportunity to specialise in adult, child learning disability or mental nursing. 

Adult Nurse: 

As an adult nurse, you professional values require you to:

  • Promote the rights and choices: You will be an advocate for the rights, choices and wishes of adults, children and young people, with careful consideration to equality, diversity and needs of an aging population
  • Adhere to legislation: You will need to apply current legislation to all service users, focusing on the protection of vulnerable individuals with complex needs.
  • Provide leadership and be a team player: You will need to be able to provide leadership in managing adult nursing care and respond to diverse healthcare needs, liaising with specialist teams to address various circumstances.

Child Nurse

As an child nurse, you professional values require you to:

  • Deliver Child and Family-Centered Care: You will need to deliver care that centers around the child and family and always keeping their rights and best interest in mind.
  • Respecting Individuality: You will need to treat each child and young person as a unique individual, taking into consideration their specific needs and responding accordingly.
  • Advocacy and Teamwork: You will need to stand up for the rights of all children to live independent lives, working together with young people and their families to plan and provide guidance and care during their illness. 

Learning Disability Nurse

As a learning disability nurse, you professional values require you to:

  • Promote individuality and inclusion: You will need to recognise their individuality and encourage independence whilst promoting their rights and choices. 
  • Family and Carers Involvement: You will need to actively engage with families and carers in the care and support of individual with learn disabilities.
  • Promote Autonomy and Wellbeing: You will need to help people with learning disabilities to make choices and support their rights, encouraging an inclusive lifestyle for their health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Nurse

As a mental health nurse, you professional values require you to:

  • Use mental health frameworks: You will need to build positive relationships, focused on social inclusion, human rights and recovery.
  • Address the potential power imbalance: You will need to take into consideration that there may be an imbalance between professionals and those with mental health challenges. 
  • Promote mental health and wellbeing: You will need to promote mental health and well-being whilst supporting the individual of the challenges of inequalities and discrimination they may face because of their mental health. 

Where will I work?

You will be able to apply to work as a Nurse depending on what you specialise, the health care settings include:

  • Care Home
  • Nursing Home
  • Hospital
  • Community
  • GP Practice

What are the entry requirements to apply to be a registered nurse?

The entry criteria for this apprenticeship are:

  • Numeracy and Literacy at Level 2 (GCSE Grade C/4 or above or a Functional skills
  • Level 3 Qualifications (A Level, BTEC, NVQ3)

Is it for me? 

If you have qualities and possess the skills required for this role, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d be pleased to talk about your career goals and the next steps ahead.

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