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Careers resources for Nursing Support Workers 

Resources for Heathcare Assistants, Support Workers, Assistant Practitioners and Nursing Associates

Whether you’re applying for jobs in the NHS or the private sector, in a hospital or care setting, we've got dedicated resources to help you.

Job searching

How and where to start searching for jobs, networking and using social media. 


Help others whilst gaining skills and experience that could boost your career.


How to apply for jobs following investigation, sanction or dismissal

Join the RCN Healthcare support worker facebook page today to engage with peers, discuss professional issues or share ideas and advice.

Standards and regulation

First Steps

First Steps is the RCN’s most popular free e-learning tool for health care assistants. It’s a perfect resource to dip in and out of, whether you’re new to the post or looking to refresh your knowledge and skills.

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HCAs quick links

Careers support - An RCN guide for Nursing Support Workers

This guide has useful careers advice especially for HCAs and APs, including information on CV writing,  job applications, interview techniques, assessment centres and more.

Nursing Support Worker area

A dedicated area for members working in healthcare support roles including resources, learning, links and info on how to get the most out of your RCN membership.

Explore support worker roles

Explore different clinical support roles and find out what skills or experience are required.

RCN membership

If you provide health or social care under the guidance and supervision of a registered nurse, midwife, or health visitor, and are not on a professional register, you could be eligible to join the RCN.