A day as a children's nurse
Your day starts on the children's hospital ward, monitoring the progress of a teenager who's been in a car accident. You talk with his parents, assuring them he's recovering well, and discuss future care plans. Although his mother is very upset, you manage to reassure her that her son is in safe hands, and persuade her to go home and rest. Later, you help monitor a toddler with breathing problems. Since you can't communicate verbally, you pay close attention to the child's facial expressions and movements to try and establish how she is feeling. You enjoy being around children and young people, and making a positive difference to their lives.
Does this sound like you?
You enjoy communicating with young people, and are good at picking up both verbal and non-verbal clues about how they're feeling. You're calm in a crisis and good at handling people in distress.
What's next after GCSE
Although there are no minimum entry requirements for nursing, you'll usually need at least five A-C grades at GCSE (or the equivalent), preferably including english and science. You can then apply for a three-year nursing diploma at a higher education institution, after which you'll be qualified as a registered children's nurse.
What's next after A level and beyond?
Alternatively, you can take AS/A levels (or the equivalent) and apply for a three-year nursing degree or a four-year masters level course. Different universities will have different entry requirements - check prospectuses to see the sorts of A/AS levels you'll need.
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A day as a midwife
You start work in the afternoon and are immediately called to see a woman who is expecting twins. Her pregnancy has been normal but because you have supported the woman throughout her pregnancy you are aware of her individual needs and have ensured that appropriate arrangements for the birth of twins has been made. You have also informed the woman of the risk...