It takes a very special person to nurse a child or young person – respect, sensitivity and empathy are key characteristics. Children have very specific health needs and you need to understand how a healthy child develops towards adulthood to minimise the impact of illness.
Perhaps more so than any of the other nursing professions, communication is a critical factor when treating children. Adults can express their feelings and can identify the severity and nature of pain, whereas a child may not be able to communicate this in such detail, so you will need to interpret child’s behaviour and reactions. You need to be intuitive and spot when a child's health takes a turn for the worse, which can often happen rapidly.
Children's nurses are part of multidisciplinary teams that look after patients. Relied upon to reassure distressed children and work closely with their family or carers, you will be at the centre of teams that include doctors, play specialists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, psychologists and social workers.
This course aims to prepare you for the dynamic and fast changing health and social care system, developing you into an adaptable, flexible, reflective, competent and compassionate practitioner. Actively engaging with people with children and young people, their families and carers from the outset, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience under supervision from qualified mentors, spending up to 50% of your time on clinical practice placements in a range of healthcare environments within the NHS in hospitals and community placements, as well as independent care providers.
While the course has a clear focus on children and young people’s nursing, a key benefit of our curriculum is the notion of collaboration across all areas of health and social care. Your studies will be complemented with signiﬁcant insights into a range of potential challenges to health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan, such as mental health, complex care and life limiting conditions. Some modules are also studied in conjunction with other health and social care professionals; looking at specific issues and challenges they face to broaden your knowledge and expertise.
Our links with universities in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Kenya provide opportunities for student exchanges. Through the University’s volunteering schemes, you also have the chance to work overseas on ‘live’ projects such as orphanage work in Uganda. European links are also in development with potential field trips to Finland and Spain to compare health courses and nurse training globally.