Nursing associate

Alternative titles for this job include Nurse associate

Nursing associates care for sick people of all ages in hospital and in the community, working closely with registered nurses.

Average salary (a year)

£18,813 Starter


£23,761 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37.5 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a nursing associate

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You can do a nursing associate higher apprenticeship. This takes 2 years to complete and combines study with training on the job.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C), including maths and English, or equivalent qualifications

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You could start as a healthcare assistant or care worker in a hospital or community care setting. Once you have some experience, you could apply for a place on the nursing associate higher apprenticeship and train on the job.

Volunteering and experience

You'll find it useful to get some paid or voluntary experience in a healthcare setting or personal care role. This will help when you apply for jobs.

You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for advice about opportunities.

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Further information

You can find out more about how to become a nursing associate from Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • a desire to help people
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • 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

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • setting up drips and taking blood samples
  • monitoring equipment like electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • recording data, for instance temperature and blood pressure
  • cleaning and dressing wounds
  • giving injections and certain medications
  • sharing information about patients’ progress with registered nurses
  • supporting patients and their families
  • caring for patients with mental health or learning disabilities
  • maintaining hygiene standards and managing infection risks
  • updating patient and work records

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a hospice or in the community.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

You can train to become a registered nurse by completing a shortened nursing degree or a nursing degree apprenticeship.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Nursing Associate Apprentice

  • Wage : £18,813.00 Annually
  • Location: FY4 4FE

Courses In England

Access to Nursing and Midwifery - Higher Education Diploma

  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Blackpool

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