Newly qualified nurses

It’s just not true that your first job must be in an acute hospital – and here’s why

QNI's Crystal Oldman on why the community is the perfect place to start your nursing career
community nurse with a patient

Crystal Oldman on why the community is the perfect place to start your nursing career

Nursing students are often told they should apply for a hospital-based position on qualifying before moving to the community later in their career.

This is a myth. The fact is that a newly qualified nurse can work as a staff nurse in the community or primary care as a first-destination job. There is an exciting and enjoyable career to be had in this field as soon as you graduate.

Working in community and primary care offers nurses diverse interactions with people in the environment where they actually live. This is one of the things nurses speak about so passionately when they describe what makes community nursing so rewarding – and indeed it is where most healthcare actually takes place.

A chance to make long-term


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