Do Monday to Friday nursing jobs exist or are they just a myth?
When people think about working in nursing they typically imagine that this means they will need to work shifts. And for the majority of roles, this is the case. Certainly, when I qualified it was shift work that I and my classmates found ourselves undertaking.
For the most part, I had no issue with shift work. I was young, free and single. I had no responsibilities. My friends were working shifts too, as were my colleagues. I enjoyed being able to go out midweek when the drinks were cheaper and the bars quieter. I could still go to student nights with my student friends. I could work weekends and nights and earn more money. And I could take whole weeks off for holidays without using annual leave, just by swapping a couple of shifts with a workmate.
But things changed. I changed. And I needed a 9-5 job with a bit more predictability and routine to allow me to plan my life – and my childcare!
And you know what? There are Monday to Friday nursing jobs out there that aren’t all shift based. Where you can work the same days every week and plan your social life knowing that you’re going to have to swap 3 shifts to be able to go to your friend’s wedding.
For the majority of these roles you will need around 2 years post qualification experience; so, if you’re newly qualified don’t go hanging up your party shoes yet 🙂
Treatment Room /Practice Nurse
Typically only Registered Adult Nurses can work in Treatment Rooms or as a Practice Nurse.
You may be able to find band 5 roles for newly qualified or less experienced nurses, but usually, you need around 2 years’ relevant experience for a Treatment Room Nurse and 3-4 years for a Practice Nurse.
Experience gained in A&E and admissions, or in district or community nursing is most valuable. Additional training is usually offered.
The main duties for a Treatment Room and Practice Nurse include:
- Assisting with chronic disease management, such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),
- doing health checks,
- BP monitoring,
- wound care and compression dressings,
- doing spirometry tests,
- travel vaccinations, immunisations and other injections.
School nurses are qualified nurses, usually RGNs or RSCNs who may also have additional experience, training and qualifications to become specialist community public health nurses. But this isn’t always a requirement.
Their additional training in public health helps them to support children and young people in making healthy lifestyle choices, enabling them to reach their full potential and enjoy life.
School nurses work across education and health, providing a link between school, home and the community.
Their aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The nurse may also have responsibility for managing medication such as inhalers and insulin as well as emergency first aid treatment if required, although sometimes this falls to other specially trained staff within the school.
If you’ve enjoyed being a mentor or preceptor, helping students and newly qualified nurses get experience in a particular area of practice, then lecturing could be for you.
Nurse lecturers are responsible for the delivery of both pre- and post-registration teaching in higher education.
As well as playing an essential role in planning, developing and evaluating course modules, the position usually includes being a personal tutor to students.
A lecturer position may also give you the chance to be involved in research.
There are some professional requirements:
- You will need to be on an appropriate part of the NMC professional register,
- You need to have relevant experience to draw on.
- A degree-level masters qualification would also be helpful -if you do not have one, you will be expected to work towards this in a post. Some MSc programmes cover Nurse Education and will offer teaching experience as part of your studies.
- Having undertaken research in your particular field of expertise, and previous teaching experience will also be useful.
A disability assessor is a medical professional who impartially and thoroughly assesses the personal situations of those with a disability to see if they qualify for Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
The role is focused on providing a fair assessment for those that may be eligible for PIP. These are people who struggle to meet the additional costs of living with a health condition that impacts everyday living.
With each assessment, a written report is completed that includes the applicant’s history, how their health condition affects everyday functionality, what medications are being used, what treatments are being received and any other relevant information.
Reports need to be clear, well-ordered and detailed. The role includes time spent at assessment centres and out in the community, while any other administrative tasks can be completed from home, providing a certain degree of flexibility.
Nurses from a variety of backgrounds can apply, including:
- Registered general nurses (RGN),
- mental health nurses (RMN),
- registered nurses for learning disabilities (RNLD),
- but note that a minimum of 2 years’ post qualification experience is required for any of the above.
Recruitment Agency Nurse Manager
I never even knew this job existed until I saw it advertised not long after I moved to Northern Ireland.
I worked as a recruitment nurse manager for 5 years and thoroughly enjoyed my time in this role. Any agency that supplies nurses in temporary positions must have a registered nurse responsible for recruiting and managing the nurses on the books.
The role will vary from agency to agency. As a rule, the nurse manager will:
- Interview all nursing candidates,
- and is responsible for supervision and appraisal.
- Additional roles may include direct recruitment, compliance, policy review, audit, complaints and incidents management.
- Most of the time it also includes: training and induction, business development, client relationships
- Responsibility for domiciliary care provision if the agency is registered as a care provider as well (which many agencies are).
- If the agency provides private care, the nurse manager may be responsible for care planning and review.
Typically, a nurse manager needs 2-3 years’ experience at the management level and to have completed level 5 leadership and management qualifications.
A nurse from any specialism can apply.
Yes, you may still be shift based, but you can pick and choose your days and your shifts.
So if it suits you to work Monday to Friday from 8 am to 2 pm, then working ad-hoc shifts covering different wards in a variety of hospitals could work very well for you.
When working with an Agency, you get Annual Leave too. And if you need to cancel or move a shift to manage sickness or school closures, it’s usually fairly easy to do this as well.
You need a minimum of 6 months experience to be able to work ad-hoc agency shifts.
There are lots of other jobs that offer regular hours. But if you want to ask me about other Monday to Friday nursing jobs and opportunities get in touch and register with SureCert to let employers find you!