A career in district nursing: Everything you need to know

15/07/2022

A district nurse is a professional nurse who works in the community to assess healthcare needs, monitor the quality of care that patients are receiving and deliver patient care. They work with patients of all ages, including children, adults and the elderly.  

A district nurse may work in a GP surgery, a health centre or a patient’s own home. They are usually part of a team that includes other health professionals such as community matrons, community psychiatric nurses, social workers and health visitors. 

If you’re a final-year undergraduate about to finish your nursing degree or are already working in the NHS and are looking for career progression, then look no further than the PgDip Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing) course at the University of Bolton. Offering a rewarding gateway into a rewarding industry where you will be a valuable member of the NHS working in the heart of your community, we can help support your career ambitions.  
In this blog, we will tell you everything you need to know about becoming a district nurse.

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The future of district nursing is bright! 

Current statistics show that there are around 19,000 district nurses working in the UK.   

Additionally, it is estimated that by 2030 there will be a shortfall of around 61,000 full time equivalent nurses in England alone. This is due to an ageing workforce and an increase in the number of people needing health services. As a result, there is likely to be an increased demand for district nurses. 

How to become a district nurse  

The job market for district nurses is extremely competitive at present. So, to become a qualified district nurse in the UK, you will need to complete an approved degree in nursing. Upon graduation, you will then need to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). Once you have registered with the NMC, you will be able to begin your career as a newly qualified nurse.  

However, it should be noted that district nursing is a very popular career choice among new graduates, so competition for jobs can be fierce. As such, many new graduates choose to undertake postgraduate study in order to gain an advantage over other job candidates. The most popular postgraduate qualification for district nurses is the MSc in District Nursing. 

From here, it's just a matter of keeping your NMC registration up to date every three years and completing any required continuing professional development hours. So, if you're passionate about providing high-quality nursing care to patients in their own homes or communities, then a career as a district nurse may be for you. 

Why the University of Bolton is the right choice  

When pursuing a career in nursing, a lot of emphasis is placed on becoming registered with the NMC. At Bolton University, our students benefit from all our nursing courses being NMC-approved, meaning that they graduate with the accredited qualification they need to become a registered nurse. 

By taking our PgDip Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing) course, you will focus on learning the co-ordination and provision of holistic approaches to healthcare; offering you the chance to positively influence the delivery of patient care in the community, as well as developing your own development needs.  

With a team of lecturers who have direct NHS experience, this puts our course in a great position to give our students the latest, relevant knowledge of current and future district nursing roles; in which they are provided the opportunity to apply their knowledge in practice through clinical, educational, and public health interventions that demonstrate their skills and sensitivity. This is done through a combination of practical work placements and access to our state-of-the-art, industry-spec clinical simulation suites that are located in our £31 million Bolton One building.  

Want to enhance your nursing career prospects with help from the teaching-intensive, research-informed approach we offer? Take a look at our full course details by clicking here.  

For more information, send us an email to enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on 01204 903807; please remember we are here to help. 
 
 

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