There is a huge range of opportunities available in the community, both for students on placement and for newly-qualified nurses looking for a first position.

Pre-registration nurses must complete 2300 hours of clinical placement while training (NMC 2019) and 300 of these hours can be made up of simulated learning. There is a growing number of community placements available and these offer great potential for learning and career development.

Experience can be gained in a placement in a variety of settings including, District Nursing, General Practice, Health Visiting, School Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing, Community Children’s Nursing, Community Mental Health Nursing, Community Learning Disability Nursing, Care Home Nursing, Inclusion Health Nursing, Custodial Nursing, and Palliative Care Nursing.

Watch our short animation to find out more about nursing in the community today:

Today’s Nurses in the Community from The QNI on Vimeo.

Care in the community is diverse with patients living with multi-complex conditions, living longer, and being cared for in a wide range of settings. The opportunities for pre-registration nurses to acquire new skills are vast and will potentially enable you to gain knowledge in:

  • Holistic assessment
  • Clinical decision making
  • Communication
  • Health promotion
  • Public health
  • End of life care
  • Extensive clinical skills
  • Caring for patients with long term conditions
  • Team working.

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