From application to offer and beyond
By Cathy Poole
Routledge – 2015 – 208 pages
Becoming a nurse is a life-changing process and making the decision to study nursing at university is the first step. This short guide will help you decide whether it is the right move for you, give you an idea of which field of nursing might suit you best and provide useful tips for making a successful application.
Outlining the academic and clinical support that students can expect during their study, the stresses that they may face, how placements work and the role of the NMC for student nurses, this book includes a wide range of testimonials from nursing students as well as practising nurses.
Most importantly, it shows what is unique about each of the different fields, which include children’s nursing, adult nursing, mental health nursing, learning disability and defence nursing. It also looks at what all of these areas have in common – what makes nursing nursing and what makes nursing special.
With a final section looking to the future, with tips for getting your first job and highlighting nursing opportunities around the globe, this is the must-have, no-nonsense career advice book for all those considering nursing as a career option or waiting to start their nursing course or indeed for those nurses who are wishing to return to the nursing profession.
Selected Contents: Introduction Part 1: Understanding Nursing 1. Defining Nursing 2. Overview of the History of Nursing 3. Nursing Misconceptions Part 2: Researching the Fields of Nursing 4. The Uniqueness of Adult Nursing 5. The Uniqueness of Child and Young Person Nursing 6. The Uniqueness of Mental Health Nursing 7. The Uniqueness of Learning Disability Nursing 8. The Uniqueness of Defence Nursing Part 3: How to Become a Nurse 9. What Skills and Qualities are Important? 10. Applying for a Nursing Programme 11. Returning to Nursing Practice 12. Professional Regulation Part 4: What and Where You Will Learn 13. Life in University 14. Life during Clinical Placements 15. Stresses of Being a Student Nurse Part 5: Beyond Nurse Training 16. Employability 17. Securing Your First Job 18. Nursing Around the Globe 19. Embarking on a Journey of Lifelong Learning
Cathy Poole has worked in adult and children’s nursing, as well as as a nursery nurse. She is now a Senior Lecturer for Child Health and admissions tutor for the children’s nursing programme at Birmingham City University, UK, whilst maintaining her clinical skills working as a bank nurse at a local children’s hospice.