Adult Nursing

Adult nursing involves caring for adults, both sick and well, not only in the hospital environment but also in the community setting. The adult branch of nursing will suit individuals who wish to work in a busy, multidisciplinary team but can also use initiative where required.There's a lot to learn in a fast changing, demanding environment, so it's essential for you to be highly observant and able to assess what is best for the patient. Willingness to take responsibility for people's well-being is essential, and a commitment to continuing learning throughout your career is vital.

You will need presence of mind and flexibility to juggle the needs of a number of individuals at the same time. Communication skills are fundamental to successful nursing. You must have personal skills to  set people at their ease in pressurised and sometimes difficult circumstances.

  • You will work with old and young adults with diverse health conditions,both chronic and acute.
  • This branch programme will provide you with the necessary therapeutic, teaching, interpersonal decision making, research and management skills that will improve the quality of patients' lives, sometimes in difficult situations and circumstances.
  • This training is undertaken by academic study and clinical practice within patient settings. Teaching is undertaken by a range of methods including classroom sessions, web based learning and clinical work based learning. During clinical placement you will be supported by a trained mentor.
  • You will have close contact with patients and their families. As part of your training you'll learn how to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for individual patients. To ensure consistency between nurses you need to record progress. You can be hospital based or work in the community (where more and more healthcare is being delivered).

Specialising In Adult Nursing

Students studying adult nursing have opportunities to work on placements in a variety of clinical settings after you qualify you can choose to work in a specific area of practice.

As a nurse in the adult branch you will be working at the centre of a multi professional team and departments that includes

  • Doctors in all specialist areas
  • Radiography
  • Pharmacy
  • Pathology
  • Infection Control
  • Sexual Health clinics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work
  • Specialist Nurses
  • Healthcare Assistants

Working in a hospital

General Hospitals have a range of wards and departments; you may find adult nurses working in a wide range of areas, including for example:

  • Accident & Emergency Departments
  • Medical and Surgical Assessment Units
  • Outpatient clinics and Treatment Units
  • Short Stay and Day Surgery Units
  • Surgical Wards
  • Medical Wards
  • Orthopaedic Wards
  • Elderly Care units
  • Oncology
  • Operating Theatres
  • Endoscopy Units
  • Operative recovery area and Observations Wards
  • Paediatric Wards
  • Gynaecology Wards
  • Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Department and Wards
  • Eye (Ophthalmic) Department and Wards

Adult nurses also work outside of hospitals in a range of community health care settings including:

  • The patient/client's own home
  • General Practice Surgeries Minor Injury Units
  • Community Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
  • Local Business settings
  • Private/Independent sector

The following link to NHS Careers may be helpful.