Why choose Cardiff for your next nursing role?

Thinking about choosing Cardiff for your next nursing position? There’s a wide range of opportunities available from hospital settings to GP practices and more. Whether you are already a registered nurse, or have just begun your career in nursing, this useful guide helps you discover the different routes to working as a nurse in Cardiff, as well as the benefits of living and working in the city as a nurse.

Becoming a nurse in Cardiff


There are various qualifications you will need to obtain to become a nurse– in many cases, most countries also have a registering body you will need to join to become a fully qualified nurse. In the UK, all nurses have to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Nursing Degree

Many nurses become qualified by completing a university degree – the course should provide you with the skills and aptitude to become a nurse. Many courses need a clinical element to be achieved. This may be in settings such as hospitals, community centres, psychiatric wards, GP practices or another facility. Qualified nurses tend to specialise in one of the four areas of nursing:

  • Adult nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Children’s nursing
  • Learning disability nursing

If you would like to study to become a nurse in Cardiff, you can attend Cardiff University. Courses here will be able to provide you with the academic theory of nursing, but also hands-on practical experience in hospitals and community settings. Alternatively, you could also study at some of the most popular universities in Wales, including University of South Wales or Swansea University.

Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeships (RNDA)

Getting a degree isn’t the only route into nursing – many people qualify through Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeships (RDNA) as an alternative path. This offers university studying on a part-time basis, whilst most of your training will focus on practicing in placement settings.

Working as a nurse in Cardiff


There are so many reasons as to why a person may want to work in Cardiff. Cardiff is the vibrant capital city of Wales – known for its natural beauty and plethora of gorgeous castles. While combining history, culture, and scenery, Cardiff is also known for being ultra-sporty as it is home to Welsh rugby and football, as well as the British Speedway Grand Prix.

The city isn’t short of things to see and do:

  • Green space: Cardiff is one of the greenest cities in the UK, boasting over 330 parks and gardens! This provides locals with both a big city element and the tranquillity of gorgeous green nature.
  • Cost of living: in comparison to other major UK cities, the cost of living in Cardiff is considerably less expensive. This is perfect for those who want to enjoy the perks of a big city for less.
  • Culture: the city is teaming with cultural hotspots whether you love theatre, enjoy a good concert or are quite keen on the visual arts.

Here at Thornbury Nursing Services, our nursing agency in Cardiff is looking for qualified nurses to fill our vacancies across the city. We recruit nurses who have found their specialism background and have a couple of years’ experience working in nursing. We offer competitive rates of pay, training opportunities and reimbursed travel costs. Cardiff has a lot to offer, whether you are a registered nurse looking for vacancies, or you’re just starting out in your career. To discover the opportunities that Thornbury Nursing could offer you in Cardiff, register with us online today.

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