Nursing associates care for sick people of all ages in hospital and in the community, working closely with registered nurses.
Salary range: £18,813 to £23,671
How to become a nursing associate
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can do a nursing associate higher apprenticeship. This takes 2 years to complete and combines study with training on the job.
To do this apprenticeship, you’ll need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
You could start as a healthcare assistant or care worker in a hospital or community care setting. Once you have some experience, you could apply for a place on the nursing associate higher apprenticeship and train on the job.
Volunteering and experience
You’ll find it useful to get some paid or voluntary experience in a healthcare setting or personal care role. This will help when you apply for jobs.
You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for advice about opportunities.
- you’ll need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
You can find out more about how to become a nursing associate from Health Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- a desire to help people
- knowledge of psychology
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- setting up drips and taking blood samples
- monitoring equipment like electrocardiograms (ECGs)
- recording data, for instance temperature and blood pressure
- cleaning and dressing wounds
- giving injections and certain medications
- sharing information about patients’ progress with registered nurses
- supporting patients and their families
- caring for patients with mental health or learning disabilities
- maintaining hygiene standards and managing infection risks
- updating patient and work records
You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a hospice or in the community.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
You can train to become a registered nurse by completing a shortened nursing degree or a nursing degree apprenticeship.