Nursing Career Development

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March 24, 2021 – 07:19 pm

Nursing Career Advancement: Nursing Career Advancement: Why Its Important |

Nursing begins with a period of preceptorship, which is a transition phase designed to help newly registered nurses to further develop their practice. It covers fundamental competencies in patient care as well as broad skills in leadership, management, teaching and communication.

After successfully completing this, you can begin to progress through various different roles, including:

  • senior staff nurse;
  • junior sister;
  • ward sister;
  • nurse practitioner;
  • nurse consultant.

All nurses have management roles, but some career paths are more management-orientated than others. As you become more senior, you may have less hands-on nursing responsibility.

Progression to roles such as ward sister, ward manager and team leader depends on the development of management skills and level of specialist knowledge. You may then progress either within a clinical specialism up to posts such as nurse consultant, or through further managerial responsibility as a matron and then up the executive ladder to a director of nursing post.

Nurse consultants are highly specialised and need a Masters qualification. As well as spending time providing direct clinical care for patients, they develop and deliver education, service development and research within their area of expertise.

For more information on possible career pathways see the .

There are many specialist branches of nursing, and you can choose to undertake further training in order to specialise in an area of interest. Popular roles include:

  • district nurse;
  • occupational health nurse;
  • practice nurse;
  • sexual health nurse;
  • specialist nurse.

Many of these roles involve working in the community or within alternative settings, such as schools or GP practices.

Other specialist areas of nursing include cancer care, women's health, accident and emergency and critical care. Secondments to achieve the required specialist qualifications on a full or part-time basis are often available.

Interesting facts
Dame Phyllis Friend, DBE, FRCN (born 28 September 1922) is a British nursing officer.
She spent a great deal of her professional career at the Royal London Hospital where she received her basic nursing education (circa 1943) and undertook Part I Midwifery Training. She held the posts of ward sister, nurse tutor (1948) and Assistant Matron at...
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