Adult nurses work with sick and injured people or with people who have physical disabilities in a variety of settings including hospitals and the community. They are part of a team of health professionals who support individuals and their families. Nurses assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care needed for individual patients and keep a record of their progress. They also use counselling, managing and teaching skills when working with patients to help them to improve the quality of their lives. In their daily routine, they check temperatures, take blood pressure, clean and dress wounds, give drugs and injections and use a range of equipment. It is possible to develop in a specific area of health work and career progression can lead to further training as a nurse practitioner. Nurses are caring, compassionate and empathetic; they are organised and have the ability to set people at their ease.
Key skills required:
In this role you will:
You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a health centre, at a hospice, at an adult care home, at a client's home or in a prison.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
You will need
Academic and Vocational Notes
Although it is possible to start as a technician and work your way up, most people enter a career in biochemistry by taking a degree in biochemistry, biotechnology or medical biochemistry, or another relevant subject. When researching courses, always check course content and specific entry requirements with individual universities.
Sandwich courses are available and any work experience is useful when it comes to applying for vacancies.
Some people specialise in biochemistry at postgraduate level having first taken a broader-based first degree. For research positions, employers often look for postgraduate training.
Work Based Training Notes
There are graduate training programmes run by industry; these may combine on-the-job training with part-time postgraduate study. Training in the health service for graduates can be through the NHS Scientist Training Programme.
With the necessary experience, qualifications and competencies, you can work towards Registered or Chartered Scientist status.
Whilst these are the usual routes to this career, there can be alternatives. You will be able to discuss these with your adviser.