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please find below the information you have requested. The Skills and Interests you should have to be a registered nurse should include :- be able to relate well to patients of all ages and backgrounds, have effective communication skills, have a genuine desire to help people, enjoy working in a team but also on your own initiative, have physical and mental stamina, have maturity, compassion and sensitivity, enjoy practical work and be interested in science, be patient, diplomatic, and able to inspire confidence and trust, be able to remain calm under pressure, have time management skills plus be adaptable and flexible. Entry requirements to qualify as a registered nurse is to complete either a degree or Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing, specialising in the nursing branch (of your preference e.g. adult, child or mental). The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require you to provide evidence of your literacy and numeracy, good health and good character, and recent successful study experience. In addition, institutions that offer nursing programmes are entitled to set their own specific educational entry requirements. The minimum age to begin nursing training is 17.5 years old in England (so a Further Education programmes should be taken). The entry requirements for a Nursing Diploma are likely to include at least five GCSEs (A-C) preferably in English, Maths and/or a Science based subject. In England applications for the diploma are made through the Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service (NMAS). The entry requirements for a Nursing Degree will usually include the same GCSE grades as the diploma plus two or three A levels, possibly including a biological science. Applications for the degree are made through the University and Colleges Admissions ;Service (UCAS). Colleges and Sixth Form Advisers will assist you at the relevant time to progress an application to either of these services. Alternative qualifications may be accepted for entry onto diploma or degree programmes e.g AVCE Health & Social Care, ND Health - as these are acceptable alternatives.