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Your guide to starting your career in Northern Ireland

Considering a Career in Nursing

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.

Image of Heather Finlay - Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland

Heather Finlay

Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland

Image of Susan Abraham - a Service User

Susan Abraham

Service User

Nursing Students’ Experiences

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.

Image of Jonathan - an adult nursing student at the Ulster University

Adult Nursing Student

Jonathan, Ulster University

Image of Maggie - an adult nursing student at the Open University

Adult Nursing Student

Maggie, Open University

Image of Steve - a Children Young People Nursing Student at Queen's University Belfast

Children Young People Nursing Student

Steve, Queen's University Belfast

Image of Hannah - a Learning Disabilities Nursing Student at Queen's University Belfast

Learning Disabilities Nursing Student

Hannah, Queen's University Belfast

Image of Roy - a Mental Health Nursing Student at Open University

Mental Health Nursing Student

Roy, Open University

Image of David - a Adult Nursing Student at Open University

Adult Nursing Student

David, Open University

Nursing Experiences

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 journal article.

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

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Getting Started

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.

Choose a Field of Nursing Practice

Image of Catherine - Open University

Adult Nursing

Catherine, Open University

Image of Pauline - Children Young People Nursing

Children Young People Nursing

Pauline, Queen's University Belfast

Image of Joanne - Queens University Belfast

Learning Disabilities Nursing

Joanne, Queen's University Belfast

Image of Janice - Janice Gray, Northern HSC Trust

Mental Health Nursing

Janice, Northern HSC Trust

How to Apply

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.

Top Tips for Applying or if you need to Re-apply

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