How do I become an infectious disease nurse in UK?

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  • How do I become an infectious disease nurse in UK?


Answer #1 | 24/12 2013 00:17
What exactly do you think you would be doing in medical school if your intention is to become a nurse? Medical school = medical degree = physician/doctor. Nursing school = nursing degree or diploma = nurse. You need a degree or diploma in nursing; after your degree or diploma you will then get registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). If you're going via the degree route, you will need A-levels or an Access to HE diploma in a relevant subjects such as Access to Nursing, Health sciences, health and social care etc) and a degree usually lasts 3 to 4 years. If you decide to do a diploma, you need 5 GCSE's at grades A*-C and you apply via UCAS for a Diploma in Higher education nursing. The major difference between a degree and a diploma is that you receive a means tested benefit for a degree, for a diploma, it's non-means tested benefit. In the degree course you will do a dissertation in your 3rd year and you will end up with a higher qualification, with a diploma that doesn't happen. In addition, I believe the diploma course would be phased out after this year, so for 2014, any nursing applicant has to apply for a degree as diplomas will not longer be offered. After your nursing degree, you need to then get a postgraduate Diploma or MSc in infectious disease, prevention and control.
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