People come to nursing from all walks and stages of life and from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Nurses have a vital role in helping patients understand information about their diagnoses and treatment. They also respond to each patient’s physical, clinical and emotional needs.

The key role of a nurse is to deliver person-centred, safe and effective care.

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Adult nurse

Nurses registered in the adult field of practice work with patients aged over 16 and their families.

Children's nurse

Children's nurses work with and care for sick, injured or disabled children and young people.

Learning disability nurse

Learning disability nurses work with people of all ages to help them lead active, independent and healthier lives.

Mental health nurse

Mental health nurses work alongside patients to improve their wellbeing and recovery from mental health problems.

Nursing support worker

Nursing support workers provide care and treatment to people as part of the wider nursing team.

Health visitor

Health visitors work in the community setting and visit parents or carers with new babies and young children in their own home.

Operating department practitioner

Operating department practitioners (ODPs) work with other theatre staff including anaesthetists, surgeons and nurses.