Nursing is amongst one of the most fulfilling career paths to take, with nurses playing a vital role in improving the lives of millions.
With more and more patients being treated outside of a traditional hospital setting, spending all day in a hectic hospital or under the fluorescent lights of a clinic doesn’t have to be the only route to take. Many people associate community nursing only with helping elderly adults who are struggling with dementia or ailments that limit their mobility, but the care nurses in the community provide is so much more wide ranging.
Whilst nursing within the community isn’t without its challenges, it can be one of the most rewarding settings for a nurse. Here we take a look at some of the reasons why.
Opportunities for learning and skills development
Working within a community setting gives you the opportunity to develop expertise that a hospital-based nurse may not typically have exposure to. You will be constantly learning and utilising an array of nursing skills - soft and hard. From employing skilled communication techniques to support patients in challenging situations, writing complex care plans and liaising with therapists, hospitals and other community teams. You will undoubtedly acquire a range of complex clinical skills, and your role could involve managing a team of staff. Opportunities for career and personal development are abound in the community setting.
Continuity of providing longer term care
Getting to know your patients on a deeper level and being able to dedicate time to building real relationships is arguably one of the most satisfying aspects of nursing within the community. You will have a wider involvement than just your patient’s specific injury or condition. For nurses who entered the profession because of their essential empathy and to make a real difference in someone’s life, this can be incredibly fulfilling. By working closely with patients and their families, you will be enabling your patients to live the best possible life in the comfort of their own home and allowing their loved ones some well-deserved respite.
Developing the knowledge of your team
Registered nurses working within the community are often key to developing the skills of healthcare support staff on a variety of subjects, both clinical and developmental. For those looking to a nursing career, supporting in the community can offer an excellent grounding in healthcare and help them develop many of the essential skills they will need as a registered member of staff. There is very little that is more rewarding than seeing those around you learn and progress from your mentorship.
A team effort
At Pulse Nursing at Home, working in a community setting is far from lonely. From 24/7 clinical support whenever you need it, support from the wider Pulse Nursing at Home team, as well as the close relationships you build with your clients and their families, you can always count on team support and camaraderie.
Variety, flexibility and rewards
With the ability to work as much or as little as you want, working in the community allows you to choose the shifts that fit your lifestyle. Working in a community setting, you will tackle a wide variety of job duties, with no two days being the same. Nurses working in the community can often find they are earning better rates of pay. Plus, Pulse Nursing at Home gives its nurses access to a huge range of discounts from over 3,000 brands with our exclusive benefits platform.
Nursing is a diverse profession, and that’s what makes it such a brilliant career to choose. If you feel nursing in a community setting is for you, you can apply with us after you have six months’ post-qualified experience. To find out more about whether this rewarding area of nursing is the right option for you, contact the Pulse Nursing at Home team or register today and a member of our team will contact you.