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    Hi All,

    I have recently decided to take the plunge, after much debate, and decided to apply to University to become a Nurse.

    Now I understand the basics of Nursing in terms of becoming an RN and the opportunities to specialise in cardiology or ICU etc. But I don't understand the opportunities for CPD. Do nurses have to option to attend courses etc through the NHS to gain additional skills that will further their career? I know there are Masters Courses such as Advanced Practitioner MSc but that is something I would consider 10 years down the line. I cant find much information on other courses that would help with transitions from band 5 to band 6 or provided additional clinical skills.

    Any nurses able to advise?
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    (Original post by Sean316G)
    Hi All,

    I have recently decided to take the plunge, after much debate, and decided to apply to University to become a Nurse.

    Now I understand the basics of Nursing in terms of becoming an RN and the opportunities to specialise in cardiology or ICU etc. But I don't understand the opportunities for CPD. Do nurses have to option to attend courses etc through the NHS to gain additional skills that will further their career? I know there are Masters Courses such as Advanced Practitioner MSc but that is something I would consider 10 years down the line. I cant find much information on other courses that would help with transitions from band 5 to band 6 or provided additional clinical skills.

    Any nurses able to advise?
    Yes like any healthcare profession there will be opps for CPD and you have to keep and eye out for them through work and any professional bodies or organisations that offer them. You will have to consider what is relevant and appropriate for where you are in your career as well. Just tagging in Charlotte's Web who will have more of an insight.
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    (Original post by Sean316G)
    Hi All,

    I have recently decided to take the plunge, after much debate, and decided to apply to University to become a Nurse.

    Now I understand the basics of Nursing in terms of becoming an RN and the opportunities to specialise in cardiology or ICU etc. But I don't understand the opportunities for CPD. Do nurses have to option to attend courses etc through the NHS to gain additional skills that will further their career? I know there are Masters Courses such as Advanced Practitioner MSc but that is something I would consider 10 years down the line. I cant find much information on other courses that would help with transitions from band 5 to band 6 or provided additional clinical skills.

    Any nurses able to advise?
    There are lots of courses which will be available to you. What exactly these are will depend where you are employed and what sort of training is available. Most of these courses will be internal, so there won't be much (if any) information online for these. There are no particular 'band 5 to band 6' courses, and moving up bands really depends on your experience, performance and negotiation with your managers.
 
 
 
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