District nurse

District nurses care for people outside of hospital in patients' homes, GP surgeries and residential care homes.

Average salary (a year)

£31,365 Starter

to

£44,503 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become a district nurse

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

Apprenticeship

You may be able to do a district nurse degree apprenticeship.

You can train with the NHS, and independent and private providers of healthcare services. You can look for training opportunities on NHS Jobs.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • to be a registered nurse

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Work

You can apply for training if you're a registered nurse, with 1 or 2 years' experience. Any branch of nursing is acceptable.

You'll complete a course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - District Nursing, approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Your training will last 1 or 2 years and include practical community placements.

You could contact your local health trust or your employer about student training sponsorship opportunities.

More information

Registration

Further information

You can get more advice about how to become a district nurse from Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of biology
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to understand people‚Äôs reactions
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You may:

  • administer drugs
  • check temperature, blood pressure and breathing
  • help doctors with physical examinations
  • give injections
  • clean and dress wounds
  • monitor or set up intravenous drips
  • provide emotional support and practical advice to patients and their families
  • teach basic caring skills where needed

Working environment

You could work in the community or at a health centre.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

With experience you could lead a team of nurses or become a community matron. You could also go into general health service management or become head of community nursing.

You could move into health promotion, research or education. You may also be able to find work overseas, especially in developing countries.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a district nurse right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Nursing and Midwifery Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3

  • Provider: LTE GROUP
  • Start date: 25 January 2021

Access to Nursing

  • Provider: WEST THAMES COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Middx

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