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Career Progression for Nursing Support Workers

Many members who contact RCN Careers express a desire to progress or develop, but they're not always sure which direction to take or where to start. If you're looking for guidance and ideas about different options, this page could help you.

Find out more about these Nursing Support Worker roles:


Career Pathways Resource

This resource explains the development and career opportunities available for nursing support workers across health and social care.

Career pathways leading to band 4 and 5 roles

  • Nursing Associate
  • Nursing Apprenticeship
  • Assistant Practitioner 
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Career progression tips

A range of tips and ideas to help you  progress and develop your career.

Could you benefit from career coaching?

Book a one to one telephone career coaching session. Explore situations where coaching may benefit you and how to book an appointment.
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CV Writing

How to write your CV, including suggested layout and CV example. 

Transferable skills

Find out why they're important and how to use them to get your next job.

IT skills

Improve your IT skills to enhance your career prospects.