We are excited to be offering a newly designed Child Nursing programme from September 2017. This new programme has been developed with service providers and service users to deliver contemporary, evidence based nursing education to ensure that our graduates are fit for practice in evolving and dynamic health care services, whether that be in the public, charitable or private sector. Your programme will also furnish you with the skills that you need to become reflective, robust and resilient and will lay the foundations of lifelong learning.
As a Children’s nurse you will require a wide range of both theoretical and clinical knowledge to enable you to practice safely and effectively. In order to achieve this you will undertake five modules per year including a practice module, a clinical supervision module and three child nursing modules. The Child Nursing Programme will run over 3 years full-time and is divided equally between university based learning and practice learning. You will undertake 2300 hours of practice learning throughout the programme, alongside 2300 hours theoretical learning. Subject content will include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing interventions, cultural awareness, communication skills, interprofessional working, emotional and mental health and wellbeing, policy, law and ethics, professional issues and public health. Within university you will learn alongside your colleagues in a mixture of small groups, lectures and by accessing resources on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will also have the opportunity to learn from children/young people and their families who either come into the university as part of the teaching, or you will meet during your practice placements. Real life scenarios will be used within some sessions so you can discuss and share thoughts and learning within a safe and confidential environment. All of the lecturers who facilitate your learning are Children’s Nurses from a variety of different specialty backgrounds within Children’s nursing.
Throughout the three years of the programme, you will be allocated to a wide range of practice placements. You will have the opportunity to work within the hospital setting based in a children’s ward but will also have opportunity to work interprofessionally with departments that also care for children and families, such as Theatres, Out Patients and Special Care Baby Units. Each year you will also have community based placements where you will experience the wide range of services available to children and their families, such as services that go to children’s homes, School Nursing services, Health Visiting or short breaks. In your third year you will have an elective placement. This gives you the opportunity to arrange your own experience to enhance your practice learning. You may, for example, choose to go to a Children’s Hospital in London or elsewhere in the country, or a specialist service, such as Paramedics. You could also choose to arrange an overseas experience.
Throughout your placement experiences you will be supervised directly or indirectly by a mentor who assess your competency to practice. The degree of supervision will depend upon your stage of learning and will allow you time to advance your skills at your own pace, but while maintaining the safety of children and families.
To enhance your placement experience you will have full access to facilities including a fully equipped Simulation Suite and a modern library. You will also have a personal computing and email account, as well as full access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) containing a wide range of learning resources.
The programme is designed so that you are encouraged to integrate the learning in university with learning in the placement areas. The modules within each year are designed to maximise this process and ensure that by the end of each year, you are ready to move onto the next step in the journey towards qualification as a Children’s Nurse.