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Careers

Use this guide to find information resources related to your nursing career including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 02/05/2018

Key Resources

Students: thinking about your career Royal College of Nursing (2016) Students: thinking about your career, London: RCN.
Nurses: thinking about your career Royal College of Nursing (2015) Nurses: thinking about your career, London: RCN.
Careers support: An RCN guide for health care assistants and assistant practitioners Royal College of Nursing (2015) Careers support: An RCN guide for health care assistants and assistant practitioners, London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2016) Nurses thinking about your career: interviews, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2016) Nurses thinking about your career: interviews, London: RCN.
RCN: IELTS and OSCE exams
  • If you trained outside the EU or EEA, and want to register as a nurse or midwife within the UK, you will need to take your IELTS and OSCE exam. The RCN's careers service has put together some useful resources and links to help you understand and prepare for the exams.
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Apprentices, trainees and nursing students: how RCN learning representatives can ensure a positive start to a young person Royal College of Nursing (2015) Apprentices, trainees and nursing students: how RCN learning representatives can ensure a positive start to a young person's career in nursing, London.

Health Education England: Health careers

Health Education England (2016) Transforming nursing for community and primary care, London: Health Education England.

Books

Alsop A (2013) Continuing professional development in health and social care: strategies for lifelong learning. Alsop A (2013) Continuing professional development in health and social care: strategies for lifelong learning (2nd edition), Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Baah-Mensah S (2011) No more casualties: breaking the glass ceiling in the care profession, Peterborough: Fastprint Publishing.
Johnson A (2016) Healthcare support worker career: the insider Johnson A (2016) Healthcare support worker career: the insider's guide to finding a job at an amazing firm, acing the interview & getting promoted, (no place): Createspace.
  • A short basic guide for those considering healthcare support work. Contains general advice on job applications and interviews. Published in the US.
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Kearney-Nunnery R (2016) Advancing your career: concepts of professional nursing (6th edition),  Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company. Kearney-Nunnery R (2016) Advancing your career: concepts of professional nursing (6th edition), Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.

Smoker A (2016) Launching your career in nursing and midwifery : a practical guide, Basingstoke: Palgrave.  Macmillan, 2016. Smoker A (2016) Launching your career in nursing and midwifery : a practical guide, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Leigh J (2013) How to write successful CVs and job applications, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Leigh J (2013) How to write successful CVs and job applications, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Phillips J (2013) Accelerate your career in nursing: a guide to professional advancement and recognition, Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International. Phillips J (2013) Accelerate your career in nursing: a guide to professional advancement and recognition, Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau International.
Taylor L (2016) How to develop your healthcare career: a guide to employability and professional development, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Taylor L (2016) How to develop your healthcare career: a guide to employability and professional development, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Vance C (2011) Fast facts for career success in nursing: making the most of mentoring in a nutshell, New York: Springer. Vance C (2011) Fast facts for career success in nursing: making the most of mentoring in a nutshell, New York: Springer.
Yate M (2014) Great answers to tough interview questions, London: Kogan Page. Yate M (2014) Great answers to tough interview questions, London: Kogan Page.

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Journals

Career planning

RCN careers resources
  • Whether you’re applying for your first job, looking for career progression or moving to a more senior position as a health care professional, the RCN careers service has information and resources that can guide you to make decisions about your career.
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Health Careers and Health Education England (2016) Careers in nursing. Caring, compassionate, committed, Glasgow: Health Careers.
Royal College of Nursing (2009) Integrated core career and competence framework for registered nurses, London: RCN.
Department of Health (2012) A health visiting career, part one: support in the first two years, part two: supporting health visitors to support families, London: DH.

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