Types of Adult Nurses in the UK

Types of Adult Nurses in the UK

Types of Adult Nurses in the UK


There are many different types of Adult Nursing roles in the UK. At IELTS Medical, we help European and Overseas Nurses become registered with the NMC as an RN aka Registered Nurse.

Registered Nurses spend four years or two for an accelerated program to get their degree. Everyday duties that an RN performs include attending to and caring for the patients.

Registered nurses are also responsible for handing out medications to the patients. They are the only group of Nurses with permission to handle controlled substances. Often RNs are given the responsibility to head other Nurses and may also manage their work schedules.

A registered nurse in the UK earns an average hourly wage of £22. This however, doesn’t mean that there are limited options for Nurses who have not yet registered and would like to work in a medical environment.

Here are a few options:

Licensed Practical Nurse


·         These Nurses take care of the patients.

·         They may also do other things such giving injections or passing out medications.

·         To become a Licensed Practical Nurse, you will need to study for one year in one of the accredited college programs to learn skills that go beyond those of the nursing assistants.

·         The average pay for an LPN is £14 per hour.


Certified Nursing Assistant


·         Nurses at this level usually deal with patients more than other nurses.

·         Certified Nursing assistants are responsible for daily care of the patients.

·         Their job entails feeding, bathing and performing other general tasks for the patients.

·         To become a CNA requires a short training course and a pass on a state test.

·         CNAs earn an average pay of £8 per hour.


Occupational Health Care


·         Occupational health nurses are the same professionals as licensed vocational Nurses.

·         These nurses are usually the ones who take care of injured workers at workplace or children at school.

·         The training is the same for other types nursing but requires the trainee to acquire a college degree.

·         The average hourly rate is £20.

Public Health Nurse


·         These are RNs with training on how to deal with health issues affecting the public.

·         To train as PHN takes two years of basic training with additional years of schooling to earn a bachelor's degree.

·         It is the role of PHN to keep track of the communicable diseases and any epidemics in his/her region as well as administer immunizations to the children.


To practice as a nurse in one type of nursing in the UK, you must get registration from NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council).


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