Nursing Pathways

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Nursing Pathways

There are four main nursing pathways;

Adult nursing

Children’s nursing

Learning disability nursing

Mental health nursing

Adult nursing

Adult nurses work with patients over the age of 18 and with their families, helping them access, plan, evaluate and implement care while taking into account a range of long term conditions such as diabetes, stroke or heart problems. In caring for your patients, you will often have to work as part of a multi-professional team, which could include doctors, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, pharmacists and radiographers.

Adult nurse training is an excellent start to an exciting and varied career. As an adult nurse, you can gain experience in diverse areas, from cardiac care and oncology to accident and emergency. You can also undertake further study to develop specialist skills. There are also opportunities in industry, sport and leisure services as well as healthcare and voluntary services around the world.

Children’s nursing

Children’s nurses work with sick children and young people from birth to 18 years old. Children’s nurses work in close partnership with children’s parents and carers, educating them in the care of their child, involving them in planning their child’s care and treatment and supporting their emotional needs.

As a childrMentors and students in Thailanden’s nurse, you have to be knowledgeable about the physiology, psychology and normal emotional development of children and how illness can adversely affect this development. Children’s nurses also care for children who are critically ill as a result of birth defects or traumas such as injuries and accidents. They also care for children who are dying.

Communication skills are integral in this field as children may often be unable to describe their level of pain or to clearly express what they feel or need. You will have to know how to interpret behaviour and reactions and spot if a child’s health deteriorates.

Children’s nurses work in hospitals, day centres, children’s clinics and family homes as well as specialist areas such as oncology, intensive care or accident and emergency. Children’s nurses also specialise in areas such as mental health, special educational needs and palliative care in hospices for children with terminal illnesses.

Learning disability nursing

People with learning disabilities often also have other problems such as physical and sensory disabilities or chronic health complaints that need to be addressed as part of their nursing care. Learning disability nurses help people with learning disabilities to improve, maintain or recover their health and to achieve the best quality of life. As a learning disability nurse, you will work in partnership with people who have learning disabilities as well as their families and supporters and other practitioners in health, education and social care.

Training in this specialty includes theoretical and practical workshops using simulated scenarios and facilitated role-play where you will learn to communicate effectively and to develop relationships based on warmth, patience, companionship and care.

Learning disability nurses work with children, adults and older adults and can choose to specialise in areas such as teaching, special educational needs or challenging behaviour services.

Mental health nursing

Mental health nurses support the recovery of people of all ages with mental health problems of varying severity, from anxiety and depression to confusion and impaired cognitive functions.

As a mental health nurse you will work in a team of health and social care professionals and in partnership with clients and their families along with psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs and social workers to encourage recovery.

Mental health nurses work in hospitals, residential centres, community clinics, prisons and in people’s homes. There are also opportunities to specialise in areas such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, addiction, rehabilitation, forensic mental health and eating disorders.

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