What is a Registered Nurse (RN)?

A registered nurse (RN) is someone who has completed their nursing training and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Most complete a degree in nursing, although there are other routes available too, such as an apprenticeship or a nursing associate role.

RNs train in one of four specialisms of their choice:

  • Adult nursing
  • Children’s nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Learning disability nursing

Some degree courses include two of the above specialisms – these are called dual field degrees.

What qualifications do registered nurses have?

If someone decides to complete a nursing degree, they are typically required to have 2-3 A levels or equivalent at level 3 or above, plus supporting GCSEs. There are a number of universities offering nursing degrees and each one sets their own criteria, so it’s worth researching different options if nursing is your chosen career path.

Where do registered nurses work?

RNs can work across a range of settings. Examples include hospitals, GP surgeries, residential homes, and for voluntary organisations. This choice of settings offers variety to nurses who can choose a workplace that suits them and their specialism.

What is the NMC register?

The NMC register is a register of all nurses and midwives that are able to practice in the UK, plus nursing associates who can practice in England. When registered, nurses are committed to providing compassionate, evidence based, person centred care and to upholding the NMC Code. The Code outlines professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and covers four themes:

  • Prioritise people
  • Practice effectively
  • Preserve safety
  • Promote professionalism and trust

If you’re interested in a career in nursing, take a look at our nurse career guide which features everything you need to know. Looking for a new nursing role? Browse our nurse vacancies and find your next job with Newcross Healthcare.

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