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You’re interested in caring for people as an adult nurse but do you know about the huge range of areas that you could specialise in as your career progresses?

The latest figures for our Nursing courses show that 99.8 per cent of our students were in employment six months after graduation* on an average starting salary of £22k, so why not take a look and find out? And remember, this is just a taste of the opportunities for progression or specialism...

*Destination of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) report 2016/17


Accident and Emergency

Working as an A&E nurse, the clue is in the name! Accident and Emergency involves dealing with critical patients in a high-pressure environment. You’re often the first point of contact for patients coming in who could have a variety of injuries, illnesses and conditions. No two cases are the same so there's very little routine and you have to work quickly. But with all this pressure, chaos and hard work comes an incredibly rewarding career. 

An overview of A&E for service users


Critical Care (ITU)

Critical care nursing is a complex and challenging area to which many nurses aspire. Also known as ITU nurses, critical care nurses use their advanced skills to care for patients who are critically ill and at high risk for life-threatening health problems.

Why ITU might be the choice for you


District/Community nursing

District nurses play a crucial role in the primary healthcare team. You visit people in their own homes or in residential care homes and, increasingly, provide complex care for patients and support for family members.

Watch the NHS video on district nursing careers


Oncology nursing

Oncology nurses specialise in treating patients diagnosed with cancer. You have to be able to educate patients and their family members across the treatment and be truthful about their illness. You are required to carry out assessments on the patient's medical state and intervene when needed to help improve the patient's wellbeing and (hopefully) recovery.

Five minutes with an acute oncology nurse


Practice nurse in a GP surgery

As a Practice nurse you would work in a GP practice to assess, screen, treat and educate patients, and help doctors give medical care. Experience of working in chronic disease management (like diabetes or asthma), wound dressing, childhood immunisation, cervical cytology and phlebotomy (taking blood) can help you in this role.

More about General Practice nursing


Diabetes nurse

diabetes nurse helps patients that have diabetes, a disease that prevents the body from producing or absorbing enough insulin. Since much of their job is spent relaying important information between patients, doctors, and family members, a diabetes nurse's greatest asset is their ability to communicate. We offer a specialist Master's programme in Advancing Diabetes Care.

What is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse?

Find out about how our Careers+ service can help you