BSc Children's Nursing
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Train to excel in an important and highly valued area of nursing. As a children’s nurse you could have an incredibly positive impact on the health and wellbeing of young people, from newborns to 19-year-olds. On this course you’ll discover the health and wellbeing needs of children and young people, and learn how to give growing minds and bodies the care and support they need. You’ll explore developmental anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and discover the emotional and social development needs of children and young people too. You’ll learn how care for the unwell, as well as how to promote healthy development and prevent physical and mental ill health. We are a UK Top Ten university for nursing (Guardian University Guide 2018 and the Complete University Guide 2018) and the course is fully approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Your Children’s Nursing degree will prepare you for essential nursing practice, as well as specialist areas such as long-term conditions and complex and disabling healthcare issues. This includes conditions and challenges that are specific to young people. It also includes mental health care, as younger people living with long-term conditions are far more vulnerable to developing emotional disorders.
Alongside this you’ll learn to work in close partnership with the families and carers of children in your care.
As well as learning how to look after children who are unwell, you’ll also learn how to help foster healthy lifestyles in patients’ early years and adolescence, contributing to their health and wellbeing well into adulthood.
Your course will feature a 50/50 balance between theory and practice. Throughout the course you’ll learn through first-hand practical experience. You’ll also work in collaboration with other healthcare students. This hands-on and collaborative approach is key to helping you achieve the best physical, emotional health and wellbeing outcomes.
You will graduate able to meet the physical, emotional and social development needs of children and young people, with a variety of clinical conditions and complex health challenges, in a wide range of healthcare settings.
Highlights of Children's Nursing at UEA:
- Wide range of placements including community, hospitals and specialist care units
- Service-user contact from the very outset
- Regular group work with other nursing, health and medical students
- Personal mentor to guide you throughout
- Emphasis on enquiry-based learning to helps you link theory to practice
- Excellent facilities, including simulation skills laboratories
- Chance to experience healthcare in another country with an elective placement
- Highly supportive culture
- Highly motivated students
On your Children’s Nursing degree you’ll complete two academic modules and clinical placements in each of your three years.
In academic modules you’ll learn through small group teaching, lectures and self-directed study, scheduled between 9am and 7pm. In your clinical practice placements you’ll learn through hands on experience. These are designed to reflect the typical working patterns of a qualified nurse, and will include a minimum of 75 hours on night duty.
You’ll have access to placements in a wide variety of settings. In each of these you’ll use and develop your skills and knowledge under professional supervision in a clinical environment. You’ll work closely with children, young people and their families and carers, gaining the confidence you need to begin your career as children’s nurse after graduation.
Teaching and Learning
Our degree programme employs a range of learning methods, designed to link nursing theory and nursing practice. Throughout your course you’ll cultivate your ability to learn autonomously and in partnership with others, including wider healthcare teams.
Your teaching will include large group lectures and smaller group-based activities, such as seminars, tutorials and workshops, to encourage peer-to-peer learning. You’ll have access to educational resources including presentations, workbooks and posters, as well as digital platforms such as our virtual classrooms and online learning resources. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn directly from people who have experienced healthcare services.
We’ll encourage you to read, and engage with, a wide range of sources to aid your learning. You’ll have access to resources to support your learning and helping you develop an effective approach to self-directed study.
You’ll be assessed using a range of methods, which have been carefully chosen to reflect your ability to apply the relevant theory to practice.
You’ll be assessed through written assignments, unseen examinations, case studies, practical examinations and group presentations, plus a literature review, which should illustrate your deeper understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of nursing.
We’ll support you as you build a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your progression and reflect both your theoretical and clinical skills. You’ll also maintain a Skills Development Profile throughout your course, demonstrating your learning and competency in clinical skills.
During your clinical placement, you’ll complete a nursing attributes assessment and write up your reflections of the placement experience.
Optional Study abroad or Placement Year
Towards the end of your second year you’ll have the chance to complete up to a three-week elective placement of your choosing, either in the UK or overseas. Elective placements are fully self-funded, but we can put you in touch with organisations that will help you plan elective experiences.
After the course
As a UEA Children’s Nursing graduate, you’ll be a highly sought-after healthcare professional. Your placements will mean that you will have accrued enough experience or ‘time in practice’ to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). So you’ll graduate ready to start your career in any number of demanding yet rewarding environments, such as:
- Children’s wards and adolescent units
- Outpatients clinics
- Specialist nursing roles
- Emergency care
- Theatres and recovery
- High dependency and intensive care units
- Community nursing teams
- Children’s hospices
- UK NHS Healthcare providers
- Private organisations
- Non-statutory organisations
- International nursing
- Research institutes
- Higher education institutes
Course related costs
You can find information regarding additional costs associated here
Course Modules 2018/9
Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:
ESSENTIAL NURSING PRACTICE
This module will allow you to explore the health needs of a diverse population. Underpinning theory will take account of individual physical, psychological, social and spiritual health needs. Recognition will be given to the importance of working with families, carers, and support networks to address people's needs. Key themes within this module will include communication, common physical and mental health problems, children and young people, dealing with emergency situations. This module will provide you with the underpinning knowledge related to the nurse's role in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. If you are studying the Adult Nursing pathway you will consider the philosophy and policy underpinning contemporary adult services. You will learn the underpinning knowledge and skills relating to building relationships with people in physical and/or mental distress in a range of settings. You will explore the power imbalances between professionals and people experiencing physical and mental health problems. Knowledge will be developed to enable the recognition of the early signs of illness in individuals of all ages, accurate patient assessment and an understanding of the prompt and appropriate management of patients who are either acutely ill or have the potential to become so. Through teaching and learning activities you will be required to demonstrate a willingness to actively consider the significance of and factors affecting their own physical and mental wellbeing and the importance of this for the therapeutic use of self. There will be an emphasis on the value and need for clinical supervision in adult practice. For those following the Children's nursing pathway, you will explore health policy and legislation related to the health of children and young people. You will gain the knowledge and skills that will enable you to communicate effectively with children, young people and their families. You will be introduced to family centred care and the importance of this in the nursing of sick children. You will explore the effects of hospitalisation on children, young people and families and will begin to understand the value of therapeutic play. If you are studying the Learning Disability Nurse pathway, you will explore the philosophy, health and social policy underpinning the provision of services to individuals with learning disabilities. You will develop the knowledge and skills that will enable you to communicate effectively with individuals who have a learning disability, their families and carers. Through teaching and learning activities you will demonstrate the importance of promoting the autonomy, rights and choices of individuals with learning disabilities. For those following a mental health nursing pathway, you will explore the philosophy and policy underpinning contemporary mental health services. You will gain the knowledge and skills relating to building relationships with people in mental distress in a range of settings. The module will include exploration of the power imbalances between professionals and people experiencing mental health problems. Knowledge will be developed in relation to factors which can lead to deterioration of mental health including trauma and abuse. Through teaching and learning activities you will be required to demonstrate a willingness to actively consider the significance of and factors affecting your own mental wellbeing and the importance of this for the therapeutic use of self. There will be an emphasis on the value and need for clinical supervision in mental health practice. Depending on the pathway you are studying you will be allocated to a practice learning experience. You will return to School during the placement for some one-day simulated practice to enhance skills development. In the first eight weeks blended and shared learning approaches support you to meet the module outcomes. During week 9 you will engage in simulated practice to further prepare, prior to the week 11 practice experience. You will be supported in further developing your self-awareness, using support systems to recognise, manage and deal with your own emotions.
FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING
This module introduces you to the four fields of nursing. With an emphasis on the acquisition of essential nursing skills, you will undertake mandatory training in preparation for your first clinical placement and explore nursing care from both biological and psychological perspectives. Heavily focused on developing person-centric care using values such as communication, dignity, care and compassion, this module has the core attributes of nursing at its heart. It will introduce you to the values and evidence base that underpin contemporary nursing practice, encapsulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code (2015). With a focus on the development of self-awareness for effective nursing practice, you will begin to develop and harness skills of lifelong learning such as reflection. You will explore key concepts including therapeutic relationships, professional boundaries, promoting health, clinical governance, interprofessional learning and systematic approaches to nursing.
Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:
HEALTH AND WELLBEING - CHILD (SEPT)
You will explore and apply the concept of empowerment and health promotion in nursing practice. There will be exploration of the impact of illness and disability on people's lives across the life span. The assessment of nursing needs and planning of interventions continues to be a key theme. The skills and knowledge related to identifying changes in health status, health crises and coping strategies form a key part of learning. An emphasis on therapeutic relationships continues in the context of empowering relationships. Inter-professional learning (IPL2) commences in this module. You will focus on the importance of the nurse's role in empowerment and health promotion with children, young people and families. You will explore the health needs of children from 0 to 16 years of age from a range of backgrounds including traveller and immigrant families. The mental health needs of this age group will also be explored. The epidemiology of child health will be explored and you will be introduced to the concepts of genetics and inheritance.
LONG TERM CONDITIONS - CHILD (SEPT)
This module explores the unique needs across the lifespan of individuals living with a long-term condition. Using a strengths based approach you will explore the adjustment needs of people, including families and carers, living with long term conditions to enable them to function to their full potential. Key concepts and content will include communication, social inclusion, reasonable adjustments, legislation, capacity, pharmacology, reflexivity, health and social policy, and end of life care. The learning objectives of this module are to: #Explore the holistic needs and expectations of individuals living with a long term condition; #Promote critical thinking and problem solving, utilising a systematic approach; #Investigate and critique the contemporary evidence base that underpins nursing practice; #Present and critically discuss evidence that is applied to/ in practice, in both the class and practice environments.
Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:
MEETING COMPLEX NEEDS (SEPT)
This module will facilitate your increasing autonomy with regard to theory and practice learning whilst supporting your transition to degree level studies. Theory and practice experiences will focus on developing your ability to prioritise the requirements of people with complex needs. Building on previous skills a second focus will be on effective communication in diverse and challenging situations. Themes will include influencing others, managerial strategies and the effectiveness of the inter-professional team with the option to attend Inter-professional Learning 3 and 4 conferences. You will learn primarily in field specific groups and your placements will all be field specific. Building on previous knowledge and skills this semester will have a strong field-specific focus and the learning issues will be increasingly challenging. During this final year of the programme, you will also be expected to be an increasingly independent learner using self-directed study time to enhance your learning in relation to the module outcomes. Your preparation for writing your literature review will be supported by taking part in seminars and a reading week. A group director will be allocated to provide academic support. You will acquire and be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to working effectively with children and young people who have complex acute health needs. You will focus on the acutely ill child (including the effects of respiratory distress and trauma on children, young people and their families), on care of the premature baby, on having to give bad news and the knowledge and skills required when coping with emergency situations arising within the context of children's nursing.
PREPARATION FOR FUTURE PRACTICE (SEPT)
This module is about#. (100 words maximum) #students exploring their role in relation to the enhancement of nursing practice and service delivery. The emphasis will be on the knowledge and skills of a resilient nurse. Key themes will include change management, service improvement, conflict management and decision making in complex situations. Students will #consolidate and review the knowledge and skills gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice #be expected to contribute to the management of practice learning environment #use the knowledge gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice to members of the wider interprofessional team. The learning objectives of this module are to consolidate and review the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the programme in relation to their field of practice. Contemporary legislation and policy is considered in the light of their existing knowledge and experience, with an emphasis on future autonomous practice. Self-management in complex and challenging situations is a key theme. They are expected to contribute to the management of their practice learning environment and use the knowledge they have gained throughout the programme to act as a resource regarding best practice for all members of the interprofessional team. During this final module of the programme, the students are expected to be an independent learner, using self-directed study time to enhance their learning in relation to the module outcomes. Their preparation for future practice will be further supported by participation in EBL and devising a Service Improvement Project.
DisclaimerWhilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.
Frequently asked questions
Discover more about your future career including employability opportunities
I proudly qualified as a Registered Children’s Nurse in 1998. During my training and a particularly fascinating and well taught child physiology seminar I made the decision (and told everyone who would listen) that I would one day teach this profession; and I am delighted to have achieved that goal. I had much to learn however and consolidated my nurse training with several years’ varied Paediatric Nursing experience across the UK, delivering care to both acutely and chronically unwell children, young people and their families. The biggest challenge (and reward) followed in my next move as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Children’s Pain Management where I spent four wonderful years in this specialist nursing role, developing my passion and expertise for children and young people’s healthcare education. A decade from qualifying as a Children’s Nurse I commenced a new and exciting career pathway as a Nursing Lecturer; just as I had ‘pledged’ as a student nurse back in the late 1990s. I continue to feel energised and enthused to further develop my professional role as the Course Director at UEA. If you are considering a career in Children’s Nursing then I can assure you that this is a journey not to be taken lightly. It is a wonderful privileged profession requiring application to demanding studies and commitment to caring effectively for children, young people and their families’ healthcare needs. I often get asked if I miss ‘hands on’ clinical care. Apart from the fact that I am still able to deliver some clinical care from time-to-time in the local Paediatric Accident and Emergency Department, I have to reply a resounding NO. I continue to deliver patient care via the students I teach. Possibly you in the future.
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We look for applicants to have a clear understanding of the profession ideally with relevant voluntary or paid work in health care, an interest in people, a strong academic attainment and a broad academic base.
You are required to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C including English Language/Literature and Mathematics. A Science GCSE is also preferred. (Please note that we are not able to accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Key Skills, City & Guilds, Functional Skills or Access to HE credits in lieu of GCSEs.)
A science subject at A-level will be an advantage (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, PE or Mathematics). Psychology is NOT considered as a science for this course
General Studies, Critical Thinking, Public Services and AS-levels are not considered.
Applications are encouraged from those with non-traditional qualifications. Applicants with the following qualifications are required to demonstrate GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C in English Language/Literature and Mathematics. A Science GCSE is also preferred.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Health, Care or Science subject||Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3|
|Bachelor Degree (hons)||2.1. 2.2 with ABB at A-level|
|CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education (Early Years Educator)||A|
|CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development, or Children and Young People's Workforce, or Health and Social Care (including Technical Level)||A|
|Certificate of Higher Education||60% with ABB at A-level|
|City & Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma in Health and Care (Health or Care pathway)||Distinction|
|Diploma of Higher Education||60% with ABB at A-level|
|Foundation Degree in a Health, Care or Science subject||65%|
|Foundation Year in a Health, Care or Science subject||75%|
|Open University (60 credits) in a Health, Care or Science subject||60%|
We do not consider Apprenticeships, NVQs (any level) or Work-based Level 3 Diplomas (previously NVQs) as meeting the minimum academic entry requirements, although these can be used as evidence of recent study. We will also not consider an applicant who has an academic fail from a health based degree programme, including where an exit award has been achieved.
Due to competition for places on this course, meeting (or being predicted to meet) the minimum academic entry requirements is not a guarantee of selection for interview.
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:
IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)
We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English language equivalences here.
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
Of the applicants who pass the initial screening stage, the strongest will be invited to interview.
The interview lasts approximately 40 minutes and follows a multiple mini interview format across four stations. When applicants enter the interview room, they will find a series of four interview 'stations' to circulate through, spending approximately 7 minutes at each. Interviews explore a range of issues, including the applicant's suitability for the profession and whether the applicant holds the NHS values as reflected in the NHS constitution. There will also be a short interview with local school children. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.
Further information regarding the interview day can be found here.
Gap YearWe welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly to discuss this further.
Special Entry Requirements
We prefer applicants to demonstrate evidence of recent formal academic study within 5 years of the start of the course. This is to ensure they are equipped to succeed on this academically rigorous course.
If you have not studied for an academic qualification within the last 5 years, and particularly where your previous study does meet our entry requirements, do contact our Admissions office (email@example.com).
We want to hear from you to assess whether your work, life or previous educational studies are suitable evidence for demonstrating your motivation, potential, knowledge and ability to study the course. We want you to succeed and an application and offer will only be considered where we believe that an applicant has the potential to complete the course with a good final degree classification. The Admissions Office can also give you advice on further study, if required, that can help you make a future application to the course.
Offers to successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory occupational health check, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check (formerly CRB), two satisfactory references and eligibility for NHS funding.
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