Eight Nursing Myths that You Shouldn't Fall For

Nursing is one of the most ancient and well-known career-paths in the world, but there are many myths and pre-conceived ideas surrounding the profession.

As the largest school of nursing and midwifery in Scotland, we’ve heard them all and we’re qualified to set the record straight!

Myth #1

It takes four years to qualify as a nurse.

You can qualify and get out there quicker at Edinburgh Napier! We’re the only university in Edinburgh to offer a three-year programme, with additional Masters programmes if you’ve already got an undergraduate degree.

Myth #2

Nursing is just for women.

Caring has no gender. With around 75,000 male nurses currently in the UK workforce (and even more in training), we are building a care system as diverse as the people who use it.  

Myth #3

It’s hard to get a job as a Learning Disability Nurse.

In the UK, 16% of Learning Disability Nurse roles are vacant, so qualified Learning Disability Nursing graduates are highly sought after. There are more vacancies in this specialism than any other field of nursing right now, so you can usually go straight into practice.

Myth #4

A nurse is just a doctor’s assistant.

That’s like saying a rocket scientist is just an astronaut’s assistant. Nurses are autonomous, dynamic and highly skilled. With the integration of Health and Social Care, nurses are expected to undertake even more complex roles, making the future of nursing really exciting. 

Myth #5

Being a nurse means working 12-hour shifts in a hospital ward.

Care isn’t limited to hospitals. Nurses work in varied inpatient and community settings including schools, prisons, care homes and third sector organisations. These settings are as varied as the profession itself.

Myth #6

I’m too old to start a nursing course.

You’re never too old to care! Twenty five percent of nursing students at Edinburgh Napier are over 30, so you’re not alone. However, if you are concerned, we offer advice and support on a range of topics including childcare and placements, so you have everything you need to succeed.

Myth #7

I can’t afford to do a university degree.

If you’re a resident in Scotland, you could benefit from an annual bursary of £10,000 per year from 2020/21 for the duration of your course. If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, there are various bursaries available.

Myth #8

I’ve missed my chance to study nursing in 2019.

Some nursing courses still have places available to start in September 2019! Check in with us, and apply right now through UCAS. Good luck!