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'Is there any future in nursing?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse and never even considered doing anything else. I’m finally going to start my training next week and am unbelievably excited.

“But I can’t shake this feeling that I’m going into a limited career…

“I keep hearing that even though trusts are desperate for nurses, the government won’t fund any more.  Am I lining myself up for unemployment? Plus all this news about pay freezes is worrying me – I swear I’m not becoming a nurse for money but am I going to have enough money to live on?

“I’m really just looking for reassurance! Is it worth deferring my place at uni and looking at other options before I commit?”

- Holly, Manchester


Please use the comments section below to share your advice


The advice that Holly and the NT team deem the most useful will win a copy of Passing Calculations Tests for Nursing Students by Susan Starkings and Larry Krause

We will announce the winner on Friday 12 September


If you would like to ask the student nurse community a question, please email We will publish first names only, but please let us know if you’d rather remain anonymous.




Readers' comments (7)

  • Nursing isn't a limited career, its limitless. I've been nursing for almost 30 years, and while some of my career path has steered me down one-way streets and blind alleys, there is always the chance to pause, check the map and drive somewhere different. The only times i've been limited are by the blinders i've given myself. I currently work as a part-time infection control nurse, and do some bank shifts to top up my pay and keep my hand in as a nurse. if you love caring for people, you will always find a way to do this, the only regret i have is not pushing myself to do a degree ten years ago as i didn't think i was good enough (another common trait in nurses), but now i'm raring to learn and conscious of the fact i have 12 years to go till i could claim my pension and now i have so much i want to do it will be a push to fit it all in. But i do love a good challenge, which is what is at the heart of nursing...

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  • There are so so many roads a nurse can go down. It's easy to see the doom and gloom in the media and think otherwise but the career of a nurse is one of the most diverse there is! The NHS is the probably the first place to look at for job information but there are other options out there like private hospitals, residential homes, GP practices, the Armed Forces etc and that's only in the UK! Have a little look on the job section of nursing times and you'll see the endless opportunities that are out there. On the financial side, if you can survive three years on a student budget you'll be fine on a qualifies salary! Living off student funding with a few hours part time work here and there has shown me just how doable it is, hard but doable! Good luck on your course, if it's what you've always wanted to do you'll love it! :)

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  • If anything a career in nursing is pretty limitless! You could go into district nursing, specialist nursing, practice nursing, emergency nursing, armed forces nursing, oncology nursing, rapid response, research nursing, management, tissue viability nursing, health visiting, midwifery.... (and these are to name just a few). It's such a diverse career that if you're bored with where you are you could change your path and move around easily. You can't do that with your standard mon-fri office job can you? As for the pay... if you compare the starting salary with other graduate jobs it's pretty good! You also move up your band as you progress your career, not forgetting your unsociable hours enhancement if you're working nights and weekends. If you want a career that is challenging, exciting and limitless with excellent development prospects, then choose nursing! I'm glad I did, I can't wait to qualify. Being a student aswell, I understand the financial worries, however you can usually join the bank at the hospital your training at to do a few shifts as a hca. Again, this pays well compared to peers at uni who have a bar or restaurant job! Good Luck!!! You wont regret it.

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  • I think that nursing as a career is only as limited as you let it be.

    Look into post graduate qualifications and you'll see how wide the options are. :-)

    Also, hospitals and NHS trusts aren't the only employers of nurses and if at the end of your course, you decide the ward isn't for you, you will have a whole range of transferable skills.

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  • I think it's natural to have worries and doubts before starting something new, especially such a career as nursing which carries a lot of responsibility. However, I wouldn't say nursing is a limited career. A nursing degree is tough but rewarding at the same time, and the opportunities open to you once you've qualified are endless. Have you thought you may be looking for a reason to defer your place because you're nervous about commencing? Believe me, if you know nursing is for you, this will be the best step you will ever take. Whilst it is important to take notice of nursing in the media, I will be honest, I try not to focus on healthcare in the media too much as it is a scary subject and can be quite daunting to wonder what may lie ahead in your future. But when you qualify, your degree can take you so many places - different cities, countries, even the armed forces. Try not to worry too much about the future of your career. :):)

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  • Nursing Times

    And the winner is...

    Kelly Robson!

    Well done Kelly and thank you to everyone for sharing their advice.

    Kelly - check your emails!

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  • I have little time to reply but would like to wish Holly all the very best of luck and can well understand your excitement. Nursing is in no way a limited career and is every bit what you choose to make of it. Work hard, enjoy and reap the very many rewards which are not always where you expect them. enjoy every single encounter and developing excellence in each relationship and in learning and developing your skills every single day. you can even go and work in other geographical areas or abroad where English nurses are very much valued. meet people of so many different cultures and how to relate to them and care for some of them, learn new languages, about different cultures. there will be very hard times with many ups and downs, and tears and smiles but please do not forget that the world is your oyster.

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