What Are The Specifications To Being An RGN?

To become an RGN, you need to have completed a nursing degree or, pre-1990s, a diploma. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have a list of accredited programs at appropriate institutes that you can use to find a good course.

From the mid-nineties, and after Project 2000, nurses were expected to hold modern academic degree qualifications. Courses are three to four years long with the first year learning basic nursing and the others specialising in adult, child, mental health or learning disability.

After this, you can continue to specialise in a variety of ways. It used to be that one year of nurse training made you an SRN (State Registered Nurse) and then a further 12 months allowed you to become an RGN. To practice lawfully now, you study to become a pre-registered nurse and then you apply for current and valid registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Before registration, you may work as an HCA, care assistant, clinical support worker or nursing assistant.

What Do RGNs Do?

RGN jobs consist of all kinds of work and it will vary depending on your specialisation. Broadly, you may work in hospitals or out in the community.

What you'll do

To be physically involved in the nursing care of the residents and to meet all service users individual needs, either personally or through delegation. To take responsibility for, and effectively supervise the day to day running of the home, in the absence of the Home Manager and Deputy Manager and ensure that the care is of a high standard at all times


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