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BSc (Hons) - Children's Nursing

You’re passionate, caring and want to make a difference in the lives of children. Our degree is designed to give you the professional and academic qualifications you need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and practice as a children’s nurse.

This degree will enable you to hit the ground running as a children's nurse working in a variety of settings including A&E, neonates and specialist children's hospitals.

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Course Overview

You'll divide your time equally between academic study and practice-based placements. You will be working with highly experienced professionals to support children, families and carers, and develop your skills and confidence. Placements are available across the sector including inpatient, community, private and voluntary sectors. Additionally, there is an opportunity for you to arrange an enrichment placement that could involve national or international work.

Our academic staff have extensive professional expertise and will develop your specialist knowledge and understanding of children's nursing practice. You will develop your independent thinking and problem-solving skills. Your learning will include the use of clinical labs, mock hospital wards, guest speakers, workshops and simulation. All of which will be supported by a wide variety of online learning opportunities, including our innovative virtual learning environment.

On this course you will...

  • Be prepared for a dynamic career, working with children, young people and their families.
  • Make use of first-class simulation facilities, allowing you to experience challenging cases and build your confidence in a safe environment.
  • Complete placements in a wide variety of settings of both inner city and rural environments.
  • Be taught by an experienced team of supportive practitioners with clinical experience in a wide range of settings.
  • Achieve an NMC professional qualification and have a clear career trajectory when you graduate.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The primary goal of the lecturing team is to see you become an excellent care provider, who has a firm and current knowledge of the acute and chronic physical conditions and diseases affecting children - alongside becoming a nurse who can manage and influence changes in nursing.

If you want to make a smooth transition into a challenging but rewarding job in children’s nursing with a course that brings out the very best practitioner in you, our team will help you do just that.

You will spend 50% of the programme in clinical practice being supervised and assessed by clinical staff. The theoretical part of your degree is delivered by expert teaching staff and is based on the latest evidence and research, using modern teaching methods and technology.

Year one

You will focus on understanding children's health and development and enhancing your communication skills with children and families. Placements will be in both hospital and community settings.

  • Applied Biological Sciences for Health
  • Professional Practice and Accountability
  • Developing Evidence Based Practice
  • Introduction to Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • *Part 1a Practice Assessment
    Completion of mandatory skills required prior to placement attendance
  • Concepts of Health and Social Policy
  • Introduction to Children's Nursing
  • *Part 1 Practice Assessment
Year two

You will learn about complex care, sick children, children with long term conditions, children's mental health, palliative and end of life care. There is an opportunity for you to organise your own enrichment placement to get your own unique nursing experience.

  • Pharmacology and Medicine Therapeutics
  • Living with Long Term Conditions Across the Lifespan
  • Learning from the Lived Experience
  • Communication and Relationship Management in a Therapeutic Context
  • *Part 2a Practice Assessment
    Completion of mandatory skills required prior to placement attendance
  • Complex Care Needs of Children and Young People
  • Managing Acute Care Needs of the Child and Young Person
  • *Part 2 Practice Assessment
Year three

Your knowledge and skills will be further expanded and you will learn about neonatal and emergency care. You will also develop your management and service improvement skills, which will help you to prepare for a future staff nurse role.

  • Clinical Decision Making and Complex Care
  • Contemporary Issues and Change Management in Professional Practice
  • Public Health
  • *Part 3a Practice Assessment
    Completion of mandatory skills required prior to placement attendance
  • Consolidation of Children’s Nursing Practice
  • *Part 3 Practice Assessment

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