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Children's Nursing PgDip

UCAS code Mode Duration Attendance Start date
B731 Full time 2 years 5 days a week September 2017

Choose Kingston's Children's Nursing PgDip

  • This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Our academic team includes Dr Jim Richardson, an editor of the widely-used Textbook of Children's and Young People's Nursing, and Dr Jayne Price, lead editor of Palliative Care for Children and Families, which is a key text in child healthcare.
  • Our lecturers receive national and international awards for their excellence in learning and teaching.
  • Within our state of the art simulation suites, our children's nursing students can further develop the skills required to care for children and families in a safe environment, which closely mimics a health care environment (hospital and home). Child and family role players are central to this learning experience.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective module at the end of your first year.

About children's nursing

Children's nurses provide care for children and young people from birth to 18 years of age across settings, for example hospital, home and hospice. The role of the children's nurse includes promoting health and minimising illness in collaboration with families. When providing nursing care for children, working with the family and consideration of their needs is essential. Moreover, children's nurses work collaboratively with a range of professionals to meet the specific needs of children, young people and their families wherever they are cared for.

What will you study?

The first year is divided into two parts. In part one you will undertake a bridging module introducing you to the foundations of nursing and healthcare. In part two you will look at the context of nursing within a variety of client groups within your specific field of nursing. General nursing topics are studied alongside subjects tailored to adult nursing.

Please note: We are unable to consider students for 2016 entry who are not eligible for a Department of Health bursary for this programme. Read more about how the funding will be changing in 2017.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1 modules (part one and two)

  • This is a core module for all graduate students. It introduces you to nursing and enables you to develop skills and critical knowledge that will enable the application of safe delivery of care for an individual through person-centred care and the care model pathways.

     
  • This module will be delivered in part 1 of the PgDip nursing programme. The module prepares the novice student for their Practice Learning Opportunities in part 1 of the programme. The module focuses on the development of professional values and the delivery of safe, holistic compassionate care. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with core essential skills as identified by the NMC Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

     
  • This module builds on previous child specific modules. The module will enable you to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care for children and young people with acute illness. The nursing care will be holistic in nature therefore covering not only physical aspects but also psychological, social and cultural. It will look at how care can be delivered in partnership with families and the multi-disciplinary team. The care discussed will be evidence-based and individualised for the child and family.

     
  • This module builds on previous child specific modules and will explore local, national and global perspectives on contemporary issues caring for children and young people. Within the module you will be facilitated to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes pertinent to the enduring health care needs of children and young people in partnership with families across care settings.

     
  • This module will be delivered in part two of the programme. The module prepares you for your Practice Learning Opportunity (PLO). It focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care in partnership with the client. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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Year 2 modules (part three)

  • This module builds on previous child specific modules by ensuring an in depth examination of the needs of children and young people with complex health care issues/problems. Within the module, you will be enabled to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes as you move towards caring for children and young people requiring complex, high dependency, critical and palliative care in partnership with families across care settings.

     
  • This capstone module will enable you to reflect upon your personal and professional growth. It will draw on evidence of learning and development compiled throughout the programme. It will foster the development and application of leadership, management and team working concepts required for clinical practice. This module will enable you to reflect on the skills necessary to facilitate the transition to a Registered Children's Nurse.

     
  • This module is designed to enable you to further develop and consolidate your skills and knowledge regarding searching for, appraising, evaluating and applying evidence based practice to ensure a life-long focus on best care at all times for your particular patient/client group. The module will also enable you to systematically organise and make analytical and objective judgements on the reviewed evidence in your field-specific areas of practice.

     
  • This module prepares you for your practice learning opportunities (PLO) and final sign-off placement. The module focuses on professional values, the delivery of safe compassionate care and the assessment and management of patients with complex health care needs. The module aims to develop your clinical competence and confidence prior to registration. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing are engaged with essential skills as identified by the Standards for Pre-Registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). The module is a bridge between theory and practice.

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Constants/themes throughout the programme

Modules may not contain all of these themes but they will be represented across the whole two-year programme:

  • Professional values
  • Quality of life
  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Medicines management
  • Safeguarding and risk
  • Life span
  • Life sciences
  • Managing and maintaining relationships
  • Self-awareness and reflection
  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Nursing skills (essential skills clusters)
  • Study skills
  • Self-awareness and reflection
  • Ethics and law
  • Managing and maintaining relationships
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Find out more

Admissions team, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5735
Email us

Find out more

Admissions team, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5735
Email us

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