Nursing with Registration (Child Nursing) BSc (Hons)

First year

In first year, you will engage in 917 hours of theory and 720 hours of practice (56% theory and 44% practice).

Practice experience 1: This module is used to monitor NMC requirements, practice proficiencies, professional values and student attendance in practice. You will have three placement blocks to develop foundational skills required as a child nurse. A number of clinical skills are also delivered in this module.

Transition into Higher Education: This introductory module facilitates and student transition into higher education, ensuring that you develop core skills required on the graduate nursing programme. You will be encouraged to develop the knowledge and skills essential for critical appraisal of evidence and life-long learning to prepare them for future employability as a nursing registrant.

Foundations of Nursing Practise: This module introduces you to the principles and practice of professional nursing.  You will be introduced to the role of the children’s nurse, nursing theory and principles that underpin all children’s nursing practice.

Foundations of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology in Nursing: This module explores human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on pharmacology. You will explore the main body systems and changes that occur through the aging process. You will have opportunity to learn foundational knowledge about pharmacology including pharmakinestics and pharmacodynamics.

Influences on Wellbeing: This module develops an understanding of the influences on wellbeing and health and how this can impact on individuals and groups throughout the lifespan. You will develop fundamental knowledge regarding the child nurses’ role on the promotion of wellbeing and skills to support the wellbeing of the child.

Foundations of Field of Practise: This module encourages you to adopt an enquiring approach to the assessment, planning and delivery of safe and effective practice within their relevant field of practice. You will explore foundational pathophysiology, including child field of practice specific pathophysiology, assessment and identification of immediate and essential care needs for patients/clients within the child field of practice. 

Second year

In the second year, you will engage in 848 hours of theory and 840 hours of practice (50% theory and 50% practice).

Practice experience 2 - This module is used to monitor NMC requirements, practice proficiencies, professional values and student attendance in practice. You will have two placement blocks   where they will continue to develop the skills required as a children’s nurse. A number of clinical skills are also delivered in this module.

Evidence Based Practice and Research: The module will examine a range of research paradigms and will provide you with the skills and understanding involved in planning, designing, contextualising and thinking critically about evidence-based research, which underpins all nursing and health care practice.

Primary Care – Patient Journey 1: This module will develop your knowledge around the patient’s first point of contact with primary care services.  You will learn about the context of factors that influence patient behaviour and their decision-making processes.  You will examine common illnesses and experiences alongside some long-term health conditions utilising a holistic perspective and the importance of health promotion.

Acute Care – Patient Journey 2: This module explores acute nursing care (in secondary care). You will develop skills in working with commonly encountered mental, physical, behavioural and cognitive health conditions, recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient and the utilisation of safe interventions to support patient care in the acute nursing care context. You will learn how to recognise and respond to deteriorating patients, using appropriate interventions to ensure evidence-based children’s nursing care.

Complex Care – Patient Journey 3: This module explores the principles of complex care management including epidemiology, demographics and progression of long-term illness. In addition, we consider, factors which are intrinsically important to the development of care pathways and care bundles, particularly related to collaborative care and community. You will explore health conditions that cross the traditional field of practice and be equipped with the knowledge to meet complex care requirements when caring for children and families.

Third year

In third year, you will engage in 769 hours of theory and 920 hours of practice (45.5% theory and 54.5% practice).

Practice experience 3 - This module is used to monitor NMC requirements, practice proficiencies, professional values and student attendance in practice. You will have two placement blocks in which they will continue to develop and begin to consolidate the skills required to become a registered children’s nurse.

Critical Inquiry and Research proposal: You will complete a critical inquiry and research proposal based on a subject relevant to the child field of nursing practice. This will enable you to critically evaluate sources of evidence and support you to become an independent, accountable practitioner, ensuring that your practise as a future children’s nurse is based on the best available evidence.

Leadership and Service Improvement: This module will develop your knowledge of accountability and skills in relation to nursing leadership and of the leadership roles and responsibilities of a registered children’s nurse. 

Managing Complexities in Nursing Practice: This module will enable you to critically analyse your knowledge, skills and decision-making processes relevant to the care of children and families. You will also develop skills in managing complex health presentations within the child field of practice and have opportunity to consolidate skills required to work effectively with the wider inter-disciplinary team. 

Consolidating Care and Professional Practice: This module provides knowledge and skills rehearsal in preparation for your employment and transition into contemporary professional practice. The overall aim is to support you in the transition to the role of registered children’s nurse with confidence. You will also develop your own personal supervisory skills to ensure that you are “practice supervisor ready” upon qualification, to support the education of future nurses.