It’s said that no two days are the same in nursing - and that’s certainly true for A&E nurse jobs. Working in an Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department or Acute Care offers an incredibly varied and challenging career, but it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. Here, we’ve broken down the A&E Nurse Career Profile, so you can find out everything you need to know about your A&E Nurse job.
A&E Nurses must have completed an undergraduate nursing degree (BSc) in order to practice in the UK. Each university will have their own entry requirements, typically including GCSEs and A Levels. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake placements, to gain exposure before you qualify. After that, you can apply for an A&E nurse job and commence your career.
Wondering what it is that a A&E Nurse job involves day to day? As with the majority of medical professions, there is “one size fits all” job description for working in an A&E department, but broadly speaking A&E Nurse jobs can involve some or all of the following responsibilities;
A&E Nurse jobs mean you gain exposure to an enormous range of conditions and symptoms, often in a high pressure and fast paced environment. Patients are often in a state of distress or anxiety, meaning it’s imperative to display compassion and empathy. Other “soft skills” that you’ll need in your A&E Nurse career include the ability to make quick decisions, resilience and adaptability.
An A&E Nurse job offers a challenging yet rewarding career, but will also act as a stepping stone to a range of other careers, including Ward Manager, Nurse Consultant or Nurse Practitioner. Exposure to a wide variety of medical conditions and symptoms may help you to identify a different area of medicine you’d like to move into. Developing strong relationships with your peers and coworkers in an A&E Nurse job can help you to gain mentorship and pathways into career progression.
Within the NHS, pay structure is based on a “banding” system. Bandings for qualified nurses start at Band 5, so newly qualified nurses will fall into this band. Depending on your skills and experience, your salary may vary.
Band 5 A&E Nurse Pay Rates
Band 6 A&E Nurse Pay Rates
As with all nursing positions in the NHS, nurses working in and around Greater London (either in inner, outer or “fringe”) will receive a “London weighting”, a salary supplement that is intended to cover the cost of living in the capital. This usually translates across to private and agency nurse jobs, which will also offer a higher pay rate for nurses working in areas with a higher cost of living.
For more information on nurse pay and nursing salaries, visit our Registered Nurse Salary and Pay Rate Guide here.
We recruit for a range of A&E Nurse jobs, based across the UK and in a range of different hospitals.
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For any further information about A&E nurse jobs, and to find out where your nursing career can take you, contact a member of our team today via our quick register form.