Children's nursing programmes
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What do children’s nurses do?
Children’s nurses care for sick babies, children and young
people, in both hospital and community settings. Children’s nurses
provide care that ranges from the highly technical to care
appropriate to children with more long-term health care related
problems. In addition, children’s nursing has a proper emphasis on
positive health in childhood and not just on situations where
health goes wrong.
At all times children’s nurses work in close collaboration with
the child’s family as well as with medical and paramedical staff.
Children’s nursing sees the family as the central unit of care. In
this way, the child cannot be fully understood outside the social
matrix that is the family. To any parent, grandparent, sibling and
friend, a child is a thing of absolute value. It is the love in
which children are known and understood that makes children so
important in our society and their lives to be of such value.
Those who work with children and especially with sick children
recognise the privilege of so doing, there is no field of work in
any place or with any purpose or at any level that is more
important than the care of the sick child.
Working with children can be rewarding, enjoyable and fun.
However, working with sick children can also be emotionally
challenging. Children’s nurses can be found working in the most
difficulty of situations. It does take a special person to work
with children in pain, distress and fear and for whom the world has
been turned upside-down by their illness or injuries.
Children’s nursing is orientated to the child’s specific needs
as a child and must be flexible enough to deal with the very
different needs of babies, children and young people. We look for
applicants, who can think independently, can operate alone when
required to do so and outside the conventions of health care
practice when the individual and unique needs of a child and family
Children’s nurses need a lively and active mind and a real
enthusiasm for the study, as well as for the practice of nursing.
We look for applicants who have already begun to study children’s
nursing and have developed a keen interest and enthusiasm for their
academic development and progress within this field.
Nursing the child may suit people who have a genuine love for
children and are able to cope with the challenges associated with
caring for the sick child. The programme of study is demanding,
requiring a sense of commitment together with a keen mind and a
We use placements in an around Hull, Grimsby and Scunthorpe. Our
students have to be prepared to travel throughout the Humberside
area. We use a very wide range of placements but all students will
be provided with experience in the following areas:
- Community child nursing
- High dependency child nursing
- Acute medical and surgical child nursing
- Neonatal nursing
Students will work with children of all ages, with premature
babies, pre-school children, school age children and adolescents.
We do not recognise an upper age limit to our field of practice but
it should be understood that this merges and overlaps with adult
nursing. People do not suddenly stop being children and children’s
nurses have to be able to work with young adults. In addition,
children’s nurses work intimately with parents, grandparents and
others and in so doing must be able to communicate therapeutically
with all ages of people, including the elderly.
Fifty percent of curricular hours are assigned to study.
Students study a wide range of material but should expect to focus
on the following:
- The nature, characterises of and normal development of the
- Promoting and encouraging child health
- The principles of children’s nursing
- Clinical skills applied to the care of the child
- Care of the sick baby
- High dependency care
- Medical and surgical nursing
- Research, teaching and professional development in nursing
We welcome applications from people with a genuine love of
children; a lively interest in the study of children’s nursing and
a preparedness to face experiences that will test and challenge
them but that will ultimately lead to a keen sense of personal
For the degree course we require 280 points, with at least three
A levels at grade BBC (or equivalent). We also require English
Language GCSE grade C as an individual subject. Maths and Science
GCSE grade C or above, or unless inherent in a current course of
Relevant Experience - paid or unpaid experience of working with
children outside of the student’s immediate family is
required. It is recommended that this be for a minimum of 30
days in the three years prior to commencing the course and is
expected to be in addition to placements undertaken as part of the
student’s current course of study. Evidence of this experience will
be required. A reference will also be expected from this
All applicants are required to provide
supporting evidence of their interest in children's nursing, attend
for interview, be in good health, complete a health questionnaire
and be prepared to undergo a medical examination. All candidates
will be screened for convictions, cautions, reprimands or final
warnings that are not "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitation
of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in
The three-year full-time course is funded by the NHS Bursary
scheme. It consists entirely of compulsory modules.
On successful completion of the theory and practice elements of
the course, you are recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery
Council for registration as a Level 1 nurse.
For full entry requirements and further information, please view