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Children's nursing is about caring for a child, whether healthy or ill.
It encompasses the whole family and promotes family-centred care. It recognises that children are unique individuals. This course equips you with the knowledge and skills required to care for children and their families in health and illness. As a children's nurse you become an integral part of the multidisciplinary team providing the expertise which underpins care for a child at any age or development stage. You develop your clinical decision-making and interpersonal skills, and your leadership role within the care team. To be a children’s nurse and to share the child and family health care experiences, in sometimes very difficult and emotional times, is a privilege. The public places high expectations and levels of trust upon nurses, and the programme develops practitioners who can meet these expectations. It is therefore hard work and challenging.
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Year one You focus on developing the fundamental knowledge and skills required to deliver high quality professional nursing practice. Modules studied explore: care, compassion and communication, human development and functioning across the age continuum, decision making, and improving health and wellbeing. The focus of your practice experiences and learning are on assessing and meeting the fundamental physical and mental health needs of people of all ages, and the development of knowledge and skills within your own nursing field.Year twoYou increasingly focus on your field of practice. Modules further develop your decision making skills and explore how evidence is used to promote best practice in relation to nursing care, service provision and the experience of service users and carers. Within the practice environment you continue to develop your ability to assess and meet the fundamental physical and mental health needs of people of all ages and the more complex and co-existing needs of people from your own nursing field.Year threeThroughout the three years of the programme you engage in a number of learning activities designed to enable you to develop leadership skills and personal effectiveness. Year three brings this learning together. You undertake a self-managed project designed to improve health and nursing practice. During your practice placements you focus on nursing leadership and management and enhancing your personal effectiveness in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public.
50% of the learning time is spent engaging in university or self-managed learning activities (theory) and 50% of the time is spent within placement allocations (practice). During university-based learning you engage in a range of both teacher-led and student-led activities. Such activities include lectures, discussions, group activities, seminar presentations, tutorials, skills workshops, experiential learning / simulations, service user-focused activities and e-learning. Practice placements are provided in hospital and community settings. These include experiences with health visiting teams, school nurses, children’s wards, acute, immediate and urgent/complex care environments such as special care baby units and accident and emergency. This enables you to explore family centred care and the nursing and health care needs of children and young people. Throughout your placement allocations you have opportunities to gain experience with client groups from other fields of nursing (mental health, learning disabilities and adult nursing) to enable you to develop an understanding of the health and nursing needs of people across all fields of practice. Both practice and theory learning experiences will enable you to explore the service user’s journey, developing knowledge and experience of nursing and health care needs within services across the age continuum.
Assessments are varied and reflect module outcomes. They include written assignments, examinations, case studies and presentations. You are also assessed in practice through a portfolio of evidence each year. Essential competencies must be met for this course, they include:
On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on the nurses' part of the Professional Register (Children's Nursing).
A diverse range of career opportunities are available within the NHS and private sector in the UK and overseas. This course provides a stepping stone from which you can develop your expertise in the fields of nursing practice, leadership, research, education and consultancy.
A typical offer will be a minimum of 240 tariff points from 2/3 six unit award, and GCSE passes at grade C in English language and maths or equivalent qualifications. For further detailed entry requirements for this course please visit www.ucas.com.You must also:
If you are successful in both shortlisting and interview you will receive a conditional offer which is subject to the following:
Please note until 1 to 4 have been successfully completed the offer of a place on the course remains conditional.
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