How to become a critical care nurse: Kate's story
Meet Kate, 21, and find out about her life as a critical care nurse working in the NHS. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.
I absolutely love being a nurse and seeing my patients smile.
- Kate is a critical care nurse in a hospital
- It's her job to do regular observations of her patients, to check if they are getting better or more ill
- Kate started working as a nurse the Monday after she finished her university degree.
What to expect if you want to be a nurse
- Nurse salary: £24,214 to £37,267 per year
- Nurse working hours: 37 to 42 hours per week
What qualifications do you need to become a nurse?
- Typical entry requirements: You can do a university degree in Adult Nursing approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council. Some degree courses let you study another area of nursing alongside Adult Nursing. Full-time courses usually take three years. You may be able to join a nursing degree on the second year of a course if you already have a degree in:
- A health-related subject
- Life Sciences
- Social work
You’ll need five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, Maths and a Science, and two or three A-levels (or equivalent), including at least one Science or health-related subject. You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in social care or healthcare work before you apply for nurse training.
This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)
Find more expert advice about nursing careers on the NHS website and, if you're interested in a career in nursing, get your guide to a nursing career. Discover more on the Prospects website about the role of an adult nurse.