Your guide to starting your career in Northern Ireland
Nurses provide safe and effective, compassionate person-centred and evidence based care. They work in partnership with individuals, families and carers to achieve the best possible health and wellness outcomes taking account of each person’s unique circumstances.
Listen to what Heather Finlay Department of Health, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland and Susan Abraham Service User have to say.
Click on videos from nursing students in each of the four fields of nursing to help you decide which field and university you would be interested in applying to.
As a health service employee, I developed a strong urge to pursue a person centred nursing role.
However, commencing degree level study, having left school over 20 years previously was daunting and
intimidating to me. The joint programme offered by the HSC Trusts and Open University presented me
with the curriculum support and flexibility to achieve study requirements whilst maintaining a healthy
home and work life balance.
Adult Nursing Student, Craig, Open University
The nursing course is very well structured. We have great support from the course team both within
the university and on clinical placements. In group settings we get to examine best practice in
practical nursing care and holistic well-being skills.
Adult Nursing Student, David, Ulster University
It has just been an incredible journey for me. The course genuinely focuses on patient-centred care
and well-being which is pivotal to shaping professional nursing careers. With the support of the course
team I pursued excellence and won a Northern Trust Health & Social Care Award and co-authored an academic
Adult Nursing Student, Elizabeth, Ulster University
The three years flew in with a mix of real life scenario-based learning, clinical placements and wider
learning opportunities such as attending, RCN events, multi-disciplinary disaster simulation and a Mayor’s
Reception. I graduated with a first class honours degree and have a career as a professional nurse working
on a new transformational community neighbourhood nursing project.
Adult Nursing Graduate, Cheryl, Ulster University
As a St John’s Ambulance volunteer, I was inspired to explore a career in mental health nursing. I
strongly felt that I could really make a difference in this area. At the outset patient-centred care
is instilled within this well-structured course. The course offers a mix of classroom, tutorial and
scenario based learning alongside a variety of practical placements. I now have a professional career,
making a difference, as a mental health nurse.
Mental Health Nursing Graduate, Bobby, Ulster University
You can find out useful information to help with your preparation and application through the following links.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The NMC is the United Kingdom national regulation body for nursing and midwifery.
Northern Ireland Practice Education Council (NIPEC)
NIPEC’s website provides professional information and resources for nurses and midwives.
Work Inspiration Northern Ireland Resources
Work Inspiration provides information on a range of potential careers including nursing and midwifery.
Three Northern Ireland universities, provide courses that lead to a degree and registration as a nurse. There is also a direct entry course for those who already have a degree. To find out more about the entry requirements, how to apply and open days / events click on the links below.
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