Nursing / Registered Nurse BSc(Hons): After you graduate
- Where this course will take you
- What our graduates say
- Examples of recent graduate destinations
- Employability preparation at Kingston
- Courses available after you graduate
- Continuing personal and professional development (CPPD)
Where this course will take you
Our students are recognised externally for their achievements: three students were nominated in the 2013 Student Nursing Times awards; while, in 2012, one of our students won student of the year.
Nursing offers a range of career opportunities as well as extensive postgraduate opportunities. Specialist areas include acute sector work, community/primary care sector, clinical nurse specialist, independent/voluntary sector, management, nursing education and research.
What our graduates say
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: Gemma Allen
Subject: Adult Nursing
"I applied through clearing to read biomedical science but early in my first year realised that, although I loved the atmosphere at the University, I wasn't really enjoying the subject. So I decided to switch to adult nursing.
"For one of my placements I was sent to St Helier Hospital in Carshalton, where I worked in the accident and emergency department. It hit me almost immediately that this was what I wanted to do. The day goes so quickly and you never know what is going to come through those swing doors. I think it's the unpredictability that attracts me. You just never know what you are going to be faced with!
"I feel very lucky to have been appointed to my new post and I think my previous experience in the department stood me in good stead because hospitals are rarely able to take newly-qualified nurses in accident and emergency. I simply love my job, and with the skills I have there are so many countries I can work in. What more could I ask for?"
Examples of recent graduate destinations
Type of jobs
- Staff nurse
- Cardiac capita nurse
- Research nurse
- Staff nurse (oncology)
- Royal naval nurse
- Staff nurse (intensive care)
- Theatre practitioner
- Paediatric nurse
- Staff and forensic nurse
- A&E nurse
- Deputy ward manager
- Plastic surgery nurse
- Maternity staff nurse
- School nurse
- Deputy in-patient management healthcare
- Dialysis staff nurse
Types of organisations
- Guy's & St Thomas's Hospital
- Kingston Hospital
- Quintiles American Hospital
- Royal Free Hospital
- Royal Navy
- St George's NHS Trust
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Broadmore Hospital
- Queen Elizabeth Hospital
- Addenbrookes Hospital
- Littlemore Psychiatric Hospital
- Nightingale Nursing Agency
- Bristol Royal Infirmary
- NHS and Home Office
- Birmingham Women's hospital
- Kings College Hospital
- Oxford Radcliff Hospital
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
- working or studying abroad;
- peer mentoring roles; and
- internship opportunities within and outside the University.
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
Courses available after you graduate
If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:
Continuing personal and professional development (CPPD)
The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education offers a flexible and diverse portfolio of CPPD courses which are open to all health and social care practitioners wishing to develop their knowledge and skills.