CapitalNurse’s vision is to ‘get nursing right for London’; ensuring that London has the right number of nurses, with the right skills in the right place, working to deliver excellent nursing wherever it is needed.

With 94% employment within 6 months of qualifying and excellent career progression options, nursing offers an exceptional career opportunity. If you choose to be a nurse in the capital you're choosing a career with huge potential and opportunities. CapitalNurse is working with the GLA to encourage more Londoners to consider a career in nursing. 

A registered nurse is a graduate profession, and there are four fields of nursing you can choose from (adult, childlearning disability or mental health). Once you’ve qualified as a nurse in your chosen field you can progress your career in many ways, including specialist practice. As a nurse, you can work in many settings including hospitals, community services, care homes, nurse education, research, leadership, and more. 

Health and social care support roles (support workers, nursing associates and assistant practitioners) are highly valued in the nursing team, and also offer opportunities to further develop a career as a registered nurse.

Nursing London

Getting into Nursing

Take a look at our flow diagram showing the different routes into nursing based on your current qualifications, or see the text version below.

I do not currently have the qualifications required for university

Your options:

I have level 3 qualifications (eg A-levels or Access to Higher Education Diploma in nursing, or equivalent)

Your direct entry options:

Your non-direct entry options:

I have a university degree (not in nursing)

Your direct entry options:

Your non-direct entry options:

I was previously registered as a nurse with the NMC

Your option:

I am registered as a nurse internationally

Your option:

What is a Registered Nurse?

To be a Registered Nurse (RN) you must complete a nursing programme leading to registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK in one of the four fields of nursing (adult, childlearning disability or mental health).

Registered Nurses provide person-centred care for patients and service users.

Registered nurses provide high quality person-centred care that is based on research and evidence. 

At the heart of nursing are the six 'C’s – care, compassion, communication, commitment, competence and courage.

Six Cs


Benefits of being a nurse in London

•    career opportunities
•    highly competitive graduate salary
•    flexible working 
•    additions to basic pay for working unsocial hours and working in London
•    excellent NHS pension 
•    annual leave – start at 27 days rising up to 33 days on top of eight public holidays
•    occupational health services
•    maternity and paternity leave
•    continuing professional development (CPD)

As well as working in the NHS, there are opportunities to work in social care, voluntary and privatesectors.

  • 29k
    starting salary
    for a qualified nurse in inner London, 20% higher than rest of the UK
  • 94%
    of nursing students
    find a job in nursing at the end of their degree
  • 8.17m
    people in London,
    and you could help care for them
  • Many
    to work in world-famous and highly-specialist services

More information

Find out more about becoming a nurse:

See what it's like to be a Registered Nurse

This Is Nursing

#NursingLondon: The Best Place To Be A Nurse

This Is Modern Nursing

Not 'Just' a Nurse - National Nurses Week 2018 - Nightingale College

Real Heroes: Nurses' Day 2017

The 6 Cs

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