Caring for the most important person in someone’s life, their child, is a big responsibility, yet it is a very fulfilling job. Children and young people need nurses who understand their particular needs and can work in partnership with them and their families.
Nursing children can take you from the intensive care of a new-born baby with breathing problems, to looking after a six foot tall adolescent whose leg has been broken. It will cover a range of settings from the hospital to the child’s own home.
Nursing involves more than practice. You will understand the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you to make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.
We believe in giving you the best chance for employment when you graduate. Our nursing programme is no different. During your time on the programme, you will be working alongside experienced health care professionals and we will help you become a caring, confident and practice-ready children’s nurse.
You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners.
You will be taught by lecturers who have a wide expertise in the field. Our lecturers also maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date with modern practice.
We have simulation facilities to enable you to practise your skills in a realistic and safe environment. We offer continuous support throughout the programme, both in the University and in practice.
You will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team. You will also benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding.
Our nursing programmes are split 50/50, one half is spent at the University studying and the other half is spent on practice placement at one of our local NHS Trusts or independent care partners.
Opportunities for children’s nurses are continually expanding. You may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, or in one of the expanding community areas such as a large health centre. What makes children nursing such a challenge is the sheer diversity of situations you will have to respond to, no two days are ever the same.
We’ve been running nursing programmes for many years and have a high rate of employability. 98 per cent of our students are in employment or in further study six months after graduating*. Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.
Nursing itself is a broad area and you’ll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:
- accident and emergency
- community settings, for example school nurse or health visitor
- general paediatrics
- general practice surgeries
- intensive care
- outpatient day surgeries
- private healthcare providers
- researcher – promoting advances in health care and health promotion practice.