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hi, just wondering what i could do with a children’s nursing degree after ive qualified & left university. i will be a registered nurse, but just wondered what other career paths there could be for me afterwards.
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You’re still a graduate. Many things, within reason. Any graduate scheme with no subject requirements is open to you. Teacher training, further study, academics. Anything you want really.
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You’re still a graduate. Many things, within reason. Any graduate scheme with no subject requirements is open to you. Teacher training, further study, academics. Anything you want really.
within the health care sector, what possible career paths are there
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Hm, not a huge number without retraining. IAPT practitioner I suppose might be open to you as I don’t think they specify a subject. That starts at band 5 without a need to do a whole new degree. There’s also the NHS postgraduate science training programme. I know a nurse who trained as a genomic counsellor about five or six years ago and she was sponsored to train through that programme. She worked in a complex needs team and worked with a lot of children with genetic diseases and syndromes, so she had a good base to do it. I also have a client who’s a public health consultant on equivalent scale to a medial consultant who started as a health visitor and was able to do it almost as a natural progression of her public health career. My sonographer was a midwife who retrained as a sonographer via an NHS scheme, although I think that secondment scheme has now closed. There may be similar schemes still open though. You could also go on to become an advanced clinical practitioner in time with a few years experience and nurses are frequently recruited to that role. You could also be a health visitor and take that route. The lactation consultant I saw after my first child started out as a nurse. Most of these you can probably see require a couple of years’ experience in a nursing role first, although not all of them. The NHS scientist training scheme is always worth a look.
But any and all healthcare professions are open to you with specific retraining at either undergraduate or master’s level. Nursing in any population is an excellent base from which to enter another profession. In one of my placements I inadvertently convinced a nurse to retrain as a speech and language therapist after I handed over to her the findings from a dysphagia assessment. She started pumping me for all the information on how to train and I later heard she’d enrolled on the master’s programme.
I know nurses who’ve gone on to do clinical psychology, physiotherapy, counselling and medicine. Midwifery is a popular choice too. Oh, I met a radiography student last year on placement who started as a nurse. We compared notes because we were both retraining after having children. But she came off the best because nursing was actually a good base to train from as she worked part time or bank shifts and earn a decent amount compared to doing bar work or care work like a lot of people do.

Basically, you just have to follow your interest. There is funding available to retrain in the health care professions and you’re not obliged to remain a nurse just because you’ve trained to do it.
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Clinical nurse practitioner, clinical research, pharmaceuticals, a masters degree, a city job, law - the list is endless
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hi, just wondering what i could do with a children’s nursing degree after ive qualified & left university. i will be a registered nurse, but just wondered what other career paths there could be for me afterwards.
Hi I have a few child trained nurse friends and there are lots of jobs you can apply for.
I know these are still nursing not different career but worth thinking about too.
A lot of children’s branch become Health visitors or school nurses.( specialist community public health nurse)
paid to train at band 5.5 then a 6 once qualifying.
you can work in GP as a children’s specialist.
You can work as paediatric nurse in trauma and abuse (SARC)
band 7.
hospital children’s assessment
Neonatal nurse
111 practitioner band 7
lots more I’m sure.
these are some of the jobs they have done
obviously you can teach and do research, audit , safeguarding positions, loads
One student I knew went straight from university into her HV Training ( youngest student hv in uk) then youngest HV then after a year working as HV she got a job at 111 band 7.
I personally don’t think this is the best as it’s good to get a few years experience working with children and health assessment before doing it but it is a route some newly qualified nurses take, she has recently got her prescribing too which 111 paid for.
There is also private medicals for insurance companies.
And I know a nurse who does assessments for the British cohort study.
There is so much out there for you both in nhs and in private companies.
You can train as occupational health nurse too and work in private companies.
The nhs has good pension, annual leave and sick policies that other private companies don’t.
It’s worth thinking about all of this when weighing up careers.
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