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Children's Nursing BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time B732 2017

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.

Why choose this course?

  • 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 placement at the end of your second 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 you will study

In the first year, you will be introduced to the foundations of nursing and healthcare; while in the second year you will develop your understanding of the application of person centred care, assessment, clinical reasoning and decision-making. You will examine holistic care across the life span related to all nursing fields and then build on this further, focussing on acute and long term care within children's nursing.

General nursing topics are studied alongside subjects tailored to children's nursing.

In your final year you will learn about the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to registered nurse.

Module listing

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

Year 1

  • This module focuses on developing your knowledge of anatomy and physiology with its application to nursing, including basic pathophysiology. It will also encourage you to build on and develop your entry-level numeracy skills. You will also begin to develop your knowledge of pharmacological concepts.

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  • This module presents the core topics which underpin nursing as a person- and family-centred profession including: history, policy, values, evidence-based practice, caring, compassion, communication and relationships. It also focuses on the individual within society from a psychosocial, economic and political health perspective. The module will introduce the concept of how professionals from all fields of nursing can contribute through partnership, to meeting the needs of identified individuals, groups and communities.

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  • This module introduces you to the concepts of childhood and children's nursing. It will contribute to your knowledge and understanding of safe, effective and compassionate care and will contribute to your understanding of the child's world and wellbeing. It will also enable your understanding of different age groups and introduce you to the health and social care settings where care is delivered. The module will support you to develop the acquisition of professionalism and growing personal development.

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  • This module prepares you for your practice learning opportunities in part one 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.

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Year 2

  • This module further develops your understanding of the application of person-centred care, assessment, clinical reasoning and decision making, within the framework of the '6Cs' and evidence-based practice. This module explores the actions a nurse takes to ensure that each person receives appropriate person-centred care, treatment and support. This module examines both acute care and long-term conditions across the life span and related to all nursing fields. It introduces you to the concept of clinical judgement in relation to the individual, family or community responses to actual or potential health needs / life processes and care delivery as an expression of person-centred nursing practice.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 3

  • This module builds on previous child-specific modules by examining 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.

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  • 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 their field-specific areas of practice.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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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 programme:

Professional values

  • The '6Cs'
  • Quality of life
  • Safeguarding and risk
  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice

Communication and interpersonal skills

  • Study skills
  • Managing and maintaining relationships
  • Ethics and law
  • Self-awareness and reflection
  • Psychology/behavioural sciences

Nursing practice and decision-making

  • Numeracy
  • Pharmacology and medicines management
  • Care needs across the life span
  • Life sciences
  • Nursing skills
  • Creativity and problem solving skills
  • Research and evidence-based practice

Leadership, management and team working

  • Interprofessional working
  • Clinical governance
  • Employability

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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