The role of the children and young people’s nurse in contemporary society is constantly developing and involves everything from nursing a sick, newborn baby to an adolescent road accident victim.
This course is designed to equip you with the hands-on clinical and care skills to prepare you to practise autonomously and compassionately, providing family-centred care and building therapeutic relationships to become a caring practitioner well prepared to meet the needs of children, young people and their families. Care takes place in a range of settings, from hospitals to day care centres, though increasingly care is being delivered in the community and at home.
Ranked 7th for Nursing in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry University offers a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre with up-to-date equipment and simulators. This course benefits from the highest levels of student satisfaction – 100% overall and 100% for the quality of teaching in the latest National Student Survey (NSS).
In modern health and social care settings nursing students are increasingly required to work towards becoming autonomous practitioners, taking a leadership role in decisions regarding patient care within multi-professional settings. They routinely have the most frequent and intense contact with patients and must be competent in recognising changes in patient condition so that appropriate action can be taken.
This curriculum has been developed as a spiral curriculum with assessment at the core. Placing equal value on practice and theory, undertaking 800 hours of both per year, you will study a wide range of subjects, including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, psychology, sociology and research methods. You’ll become immersed in learning about the needs of populations, individuals, related health and nursing services with an emphasis on using research to enhance and improve services.
The course focuses on integrated care for children and young people in a variety of settings. You will be taught to value the needs of children and their families through their ongoing involvement in the curriculum. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in communication, health assessment, professional practice, evidence based practice, knowledge of public health and policy, and legal and ethical issues.
The collaborative curriculum, which you’ll study alongside students from other health-related courses, has been developed in response to the need to produce professionals who are effective communicators, caring and compassionate, with good relationship building skills. It recognises the importance of inter-professional working within the health and social care workforce and comprises five core modules in the areas of: the foundations of communication and professionalism; the social determinants of health and wellbeing; evidence informed practice and decision making; working together to lead service improvement; and enhancing practice through evaluation and research.
Your degree culminates with a literature review related to one aspect of nursing practice, equivalent to the standard dissertation, for which you will write a 5,000 report.
Why choose this course?
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.
International experience opportunities
Throughout the course, we provide key insights into cultural diversity and global issues of significance to public health and all fields of nursing practice. For example, we look at what it means to be culturally competent within health care today. There are also opportunities to study specific issues of interest to you, such as people trafficking, working in war torn or developing countries. Some of this is supported by guest lecturers or simulation facilitators and others through topical issues covered within the course.
Students and visiting lecturers from other countries provide an input into the course, previously from areas such as Hong Kong, Japan and Africa. We also participate in a number of senior staff exchanges, for example, from India and China, and non-mobility student exchanges using technology, which can provide additional insights for students, into children’s nursing in different healthcare systems.
During your three years on the programme you will undertake at least six placements in a range of service settings, working with and alongside qualiﬁed children and young people’s nurses, and therefore potential local and regional employers.
On graduating successfully from this course, you can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which enables you to practise immediately. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ specialist advisors will support you when you are ready to begin your professional career.
The majority of our graduates ﬁnd employment as qualiﬁed nurses in the NHS with a growing emphasis on community settings, in acute hospitals, or within the private and independent healthcare sector. As your career progresses, a number of options may be open to you as a lecturer or specialist practitioner, advanced nurse practitioner, consultant nurse or manager. You could specialise in areas such as community children’s nursing, health visiting, neonatal nursing, paediatric intensive care nursing or move into areas such as management, teaching or clinical research.