Careers in the Community
An introduction to career options in the community, primary and social care
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
- 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.