Becoming a nurse is a life-changing process and making the decision to study nursing at university is the first step. This short guide will help you decide whether it is the right move for you, give you an idea of which field of nursing might suit you best and provide useful tips for making a successful application.
Outlining the academic and clinical support that students can expect during their study, the stresses that they may face, how placements work and the role of the NMC for student nurses, this book includes a wide range of testimonials from nursing students as well as practising nurses.
Most importantly, it shows what is unique about each of the different fields, which include children’s nursing, adult nursing, mental health nursing, learning disability and defence nursing. It also looks at what all of these areas have in common – what makes nursing nursing and what makes nursing special.
With a final section looking to the future, with tips for getting your first job and highlighting nursing opportunities around the globe, this is the must-have, no-nonsense career advice book for all those considering nursing as a career option or waiting to start their nursing course or indeed for those nurses who are wishing to return to the nursing profession.
Table of Contents
Forward Dame Elizabeth Fradd Introduction Cathy Poole Part 1: Understanding Nursing 1. Defining Nursing Ann-Marie Dodson 2. Men in Nursing Stefan Cash 3. Nursing Misconceptions Jon Harrison Part 2: Researching the Fields of Nursing 4. The Uniqueness of Adult Nursing Judy Lewis-Basson and Cathy Poole 5. The Uniqueness of Children and Young Person's Nursing Lisa Abbott and Cathy Poole 6. The Uniqueness of Mental Health Nursing Catharine Jenkins and Cathy Poole 7. The Uniqueness of Learning Disability Nursing Fiona Rich and Marie O'Boyle-Duggan Part 3: How to Become a Nurse 8. What Skills and Qualities are Important? Cathy Poole 9. Applying for a Nursing Programme Cathy Poole 10. Professional Regulation Suzan Smallman 11. Returning to Nursing Practice Tim Badger Part 4: What and Where You Will Learn 12. Life in University Carol Doyle, Bethann Siviter and Cathy Poole 13. Life During Clinical Placements Trevor Parker and Kate Wadley 14. Stresses of Being a Student Nurse Cathy Poole Part 5: Beyond Nurse Training 15. Employability Ruth Lawton 16. Securing Your First Job Ruth Lawton 17. Nursing Around the Globe Debbie Pittaway, Fang Yu and Anthony Tuckett 18. Embarking on a Journey of Lifelong Learning Tony Whittle and Cathy Poole
Cathy Poole has over 33 years’ experience in health and education. She has held positions in adult orthopaedics, children’s nursing, nursing management, the private sector and the higher education sector. Her main area of interest is renal nursing and she maintains her clinical professional development as a Bank Staff Nurse at a Children’s Hospice.