Nursing is one of the most fulfilling and challenging jobs out there. Not only are you caring for people who might be unwell, who’ve sustained an injury or are suffering from an unpleasant condition, but you’ll supporting other members of the healthcare team across a hospital, outpatient centre, or a community setting as well. Take a look at our recent blog, which celebrates overseas nurses and all that they do for UK patients and their families.
There are many different types of nursing roles here in the UK, but one that seems to be gaining a lot of interest at the moment is Accident and Emergency (A&E) Nurse.
This blog will explain a little more about the role of an A&E Nurse; what the job entails, which NHS Band it’s in and how you can become one if you’re overseas and looking to relocate to the UK.
An A&E Nurse will work in a hospital and provide care to patients who are suffering from injuries or serious illnesses.
The role of a Nurse in A&E may include:
• Recording patients’ vital signs and symptoms
• Examining patients and observing their condition
• Administering medication and treatment
• Performing procedures
• Providing support and information to patients and their families
Within the NHS, a new A&E Nurse will automatically start in Band 5 - starting salary of £24,907. As you gain years of experience, a broader skillset and specialist training (Continuing Professional Development or CPD), you’ll have the chance to move up to Band 6 – that is, if you apply for a Band 6 role – which will have a starting salary of £31,365. More on NHS pay Bands.
An A&E Nurse needs to be a jack-of-all trades and hone specific, vital skills to thrive within the role. The qualities needed are: good communication, team work, decisiveness, pressure management, problem-solving and sensitivity, to name a few.
Formally, you’ll be required to complete a 3-year nursing degree that is recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The alternative route is to do a nursing apprenticeship.
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