The benefits of a nursing career

23 November 2020

Picture of female nurse in care home with medication trolley

If you’re looking for a career that involves helping others and gives you great job satisfaction, a career in nursing may be perfect for you.

If you ask any Nurse what they most enjoy about their career, nine times out of ten they’ll say having the opportunity to change people’s lives - from day one right up until you retire, you’ll be helping to make someone else’s every day better.

As well as being a rewarding career, there are lots of other benefits of being a Nurse and, here, we’ve listed some of the things that our Nurses tell us they love about working with Exemplar Health Care.

Continuing Professional Development and progression

One of the big benefits of being a Nurse in the UK is the support for learning and Continuous Professional Development, which provides you with opportunities to develop and progress in your career.

At Exemplar Health Care, we offer a range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities, from on-the-job training and coaching, to one day courses, in-house leadership programmes and university studies.

Colleagues in direct care roles have the opportunity to train on-the-job as a Nursing Associate, and from here, they can go on to train as a Registered Nurse through a shortened nursing degree or degree-level nursing apprenticeship.

And for Registered Nurses, there’s lots of scope for progression to a Unit Manager, Clinical Nurse Manager, Home Manager, Director of Operations or Clinical/Quality Lead.

Kim Payne started her career with Exemplar Health Care as a newly qualified Nurse, and is now the Manager of outstanding-rated Greenside Court home in Rotherham – she says: “Exemplar Health Care has shown how you can move up the ladder, and that it really is possible to grow.”

Employment and job security

Job security is a big benefit of a nursing career.

Nurses will always be an essential part of the health and social care sector, and with the population continually rising and people living much longer, the needs and requirements for health care are also rising.

Exemplar Health Care is a growing business, with plans to open six new homes in 2021, and our nursing roles offer long-term stable employment, with lots of opportunities to develop.

Working in a healthcare team

Being a Nurse involves working with a wide range of different health and care professionals, from Support Workers, Physiotherapists and Life Skills Coordinators in our homes, to Doctors, Discharge Nurses and Speech Therapists from other settings.  

You’ll be constantly meeting new people meaning that every day is different. If variety is what you desire, then a nursing career may be perfect for you.

One of the other things that attracts people to a career in nursing is the wide diversity of roles.

At Exemplar Health Care, you’ll support people living with a wide range of complex and high acuity needs, including complex dementia, mental health needs, physical disabilities, stroke, brain injury and learning disability – which gives you the opportunity to develop new nursing skills or specialise your career.

Flexible working

Unlike many other jobs, a job in nursing will provide you with the options of flexible working, whether you’re looking to work full-time or part-time.

With nursing being a 24/7 job, you also have the option to work during the day or during the night, depending on what hours suits your lifestyle best.

Many shift patterns involve 12 hour shifts, which means that you’ll often get 3-4 days off in a row – which gives great work-life balance or means that you can pick up overtime if you wish. 

A growing number of Nurses also work part-time or are available on-call, allowing them to explore other opportunities in their free time. 

Good rates of pay

Being a Nurse is a well-paid profession.

Registered Nurses at Exemplar Health Care can expect to make £16 - £18 an hour, rising up to £20 per hour as a Unit Manager, and over £30,000 per annum as a Clinical Nurse Manager.

We’ll reimburse your NMC registration after 12 months, as well as benefiting from retail and lifestyle discounts and an Employee Assistance Programme. 

Nursing careers at Exemplar Health Care

At Exemplar Health Care, we have nursing vacancies available in our 32 complex needs care homes across England.

If you’re interested, please visit our careers section, or if you have any questions then feel free to get in touch.

Our Nurse Resources are on-hand for an informal conversation about nursing careers at Exemplar Health Care. Please contact Jane Jarvis on 07497 188234 or email or Jasmine Hoult on 07908 436133 or email