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As a nurse in Wales, you’ll get chance to continue the traditions of the NHS in the country of its birth, and influence the future of nursing.


Nursing Careers in Wales

Uphold the past & shape the future

When Aneurin Bevan founded the NHS in 1948, he did so on the principles of equality of access and the service being based on need, not on the ability to pay. By developing your nursing career in Wales, you’ll be able to continue these traditions and help shape the future of the profession.

Benefit from better staffing levels

Wales is the first nation in Europe to bring in legislation that protects nursing staffing levels – ensuring that nurses will have the time to care sensitively for patients.

Working in Wales provides you with the opportunity to be part of a breakthrough system, which values the professional judgment of nurses, and empowers you to make the decisions needed to deliver high quality care. 

One career, many paths

A nursing career in Wales is full of possibilities. Nurses can progress to clinical nurse specialist, advanced nurse practitioner and consultant nurse roles. You can also follow leadership pathways, from ward and team leadership roles, to senior nurse positions.

Flexible working to suit your family

By working in Wales, you can take advantage of a range of innovative working arrangements designed to help you fit your work around your life. These include flexible working hours, childcare voucher schemes, work-life balance initiatives and on-site crèche facilities.

Get recognised for great work

All health boards and trusts in Wales run staff achievement awards to acknowledge nurses who make exceptional contributions to the running and improvement of services.

The annual Chief Nursing Officer Conference, the NHS Wales Awards and the Royal College of Nursing Wales Nurse of the Year Awards, all offer opportunities for you to get recognised for your dedication and innovation.

Get support when you relocate

If you want to come to Wales to work from a different country, our health boards and trusts can offer you a range of relocation packages to help you and your family settle in as smoothly as possible.

Help to return-to-practice

We welcome nurses, health visitors and midwives who want to come back into the profession. A £1,000 bursary is available for nurses, health visitors and specialist community public health nurses, and £1,500 for midwives who undertake a return to practice course in Wales.


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