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So, you want to be a nurse? A brief introduction to nursing
So, you want to be a nurse? A brief introduction to nursing

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In this course you have explored nursing in the UK, the four fields of nursing, how nurses train, what they study and how they are regulated. You have also looked at the values that underpin nursing practice and what it means to be a nurse across the globe.

We hope this course has given you the opportunity to find out a little more about nursing and whether you feel it could be the career for you.

You should now be able to:

  • identify the opportunities and key roles undertaken by nurses in the UK today
  • summarise some of the key challenges nurses face and establish what makes a great nurse
  • understand the differences between the four fields of nursing and the different ways to become a Registered Nurse in the UK.

This OpenLearn course is produced in association with Open University courses in Nursing and healthcare [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .