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Should I go into community nursing?


Can you advise this student nurse?

I really enjoyed my community placement and I’m upset that it’s unlikely I will have another in the rest of my training. The placement left a large impression on me and I would really like to go straight into community nursing once I qualify. However, I have asked various other nurses if they think it’s a good idea to go into the community and nearly all of them have said no?

Most nurses, particularly those in an acute setting have said it would be better for me to start off my first years post-registration in a hospital to “build up my skills” but I personally think I’d be able to do that in the community as well.

I am really confused on what the best option is. Is it any more beneficial to start off in a hospital than in the community? Will this massively impact my career progression?


Readers' comments (5)

  • Anthony Johnson

    Recently wrote an article about this for the Student Affairs section. You should definitely do it! There's so many services being transitioned into the Community and there's the same if not more training opportunities for you

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  • I went straight into the community eight years ago. Nursing in the community is challenging and diverse never boring. I have had many opportunities to progress and qualified as a District Nurse two years ago. I have never looked back don't let anyone put you off I have never regretted my decision 😀

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  • Please find article. Good luck

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  • I spent only 2 years in acute settings 'waiting' to go into community nursing. This was 25 years ago. I feel the opportunities within the community are now so much more varied and challenging that to go straight into the setting can only be beneficial to you. Go for it and have a happy and very rewarding career helping patients and their families be where they want to be - at home.

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  • Thank you this has been very beneficial for me reading your comments. Other qualified nurses have recently said the same to me that I should work on a ward first before going into the community but my heart lies in the community. I am in my second year on a community placement and I love it.

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