The Queen’s Nursing Institute has a long and proud history of supporting registered nurses in the community.

In this area of the website, we have brought together a range of resources about nursing in the community to inform and inspire students and newly-qualified nurses to find out more about the huge range of opportunities that are available.

Pre-registration nurses must complete 2300 hours of clinical placement while training (NMC 2019) and 300 of these hours can be made up of simulated learning. There is a growing number of community placements available and these offer great potential for learning and for subsequent career development.

Care in the community is diverse with patients living with multi-complex conditions, living longer, and being cared for in a wide range of settings. The opportunities for pre-registration nurses to acquire new skills are vast and will potentially enable you to gain knowledge in:

  • Holistic assessment
  • Clinical decision making
  • Communication
  • Health promotion
  • Public health
  • End of life care
  • Extensive clinical skills
  • Caring for patients with long term conditions
  • Team working.

This list is not exhaustive, and this experience can be gained in a placement in a variety of settings, including:

  • District Nurse teams
  • Primary care teams
  • General Practice
  • Health Visitor teams
  • School Nursing teams
  • Occupational Health Nursing teams
  • Children’s Community Nursing teams
  • Mental Health Nursing teams
  • Learning Disability Nursing teams
  • Care Home Nursing teams
  • Prison Nursing teams
  • Health & Social Care teams
  • Homeless Health teams.

If you are a student nurse or newly qualified, there are opportunities for placements or careers in the community, starting with a role as a newly qualified staff nurse in the huge variety of services in the health and social care sectors.

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