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    I really want to be a nurse working in A&E.. what course do I need to apply for so that I will qualify as a nurse ready to work in A&E?
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    (Original post by 1lastchance)
    I really want to be a nurse working in A&E.. what course do I need to apply for so that I will qualify as a nurse ready to work in A&E?
    adult nursing and then you might need some ward experience after graduating before you can work in a&E, check nhs jobs website.
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    (Original post by 1lastchance)
    I really want to be a nurse working in A&E.. what course do I need to apply for so that I will qualify as a nurse ready to work in A&E?
    Nursing isn't a back up for medicine. Wait and see how your medicine application goes before switching to nursing.

    Have you got any nursing work experience?

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    Nursing isn't a back up for medicine. Wait and see how your medicine application goes before switching to nursing.

    Have you got any nursing work experience?

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    I'm not thinking of it as a back-up... I am genuinely interested in becoming an A&E nurse. (24 hours in A&E has influenced my thoughts on this!). I haven't had any nursing work experience. I know it is silly to choose a career based on a TV programme but the show made me realise how exciting and fast-paced it is to work in A&E and the fact the nurses spend more time with patients than doctors appeals to me too.
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    (Original post by 1lastchance)
    I'm not thinking of it as a back-up... I am genuinely interested in becoming an A&E nurse. (24 hours in A&E has influenced my thoughts on this!). I haven't had any nursing work experience. I know it is silly to choose a career based on a TV programme but the show made me realise how exciting and fast-paced it is to work in A&E and the fact the nurses spend more time with patients than doctors appeals to me too.
    Then see if you can get some work experience. Whilst 24 hours in A&E is fairly realistic in its portrayal I would swap fast paced for horrendously busy and exciting for stressful. A very quick turnover of patients is much harder work than you can imagine and a&e is regularly short staffed.

    Apart from a tv programme, do you have insight in to the role of the nurse? The point of my previous post was that nursing requires a lot of consideration before you decide it what you want to do. Whilst very rewarding it is a very difficult and stressful, often thankless job. You need to know what you're signing up for.
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    As others have said, get some experience. 24 hrs is edited so it's exciting trauma after exciting trauma. It doesn't show the the endless stream of other crap the staff have to deal with over the course of the week. It'd be crap television if it were an exact representation of 24 hrs in the department.
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    (Original post by 1lastchance)
    I really want to be a nurse working in A&E.. what course do I need to apply for so that I will qualify as a nurse ready to work in A&E?
    24 hours in A&E is partially realistic, real life is way more full on and stressful.

    Emergency Departments are horrendously busy, are you sure this is something you really want to do?

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