Undergraduate degree courses at the University of the West of England – UWE Bristol – include four different types of nursing: Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Children’s Nursing and Adult Nursing – all of which are very different disciplines.

To find out more about the BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing, we asked the Senior Lecturer for Children’s Nursing at UWE, Carole Irwin, who is based at the university’s Glenside campus, near Bristol.

Here’s what she told us about the course, graduate prospects and the sort of applicants they look for …

What is Children and Young People’s Nursing

The speciality of children and young people (CYP) nursing encompasses a wide range of ages, needs and dependency.

It spans from birth, including premature neonates (babies born before they are due) up until commonly 18 years of age.

However, for some specialities it extends up to a maximum age of 25 and the degree course therefore includes aspects of young people’s lives and the care they require.

This speciality covers the CYP physical, social and psychological needs as well as those of their family. It is often about end-of-life care and, therefore, about working with parents and grandparents as well.

What is a typical day like on the course?

Nursing care is generally carried out in the community, the child’s home, school, or care facility – with acute requirements being managed in a hospital setting.

There is no typical day on the CYP course as it ranges from time in the university to placements covering a range of both these community and hospital based experiences.

And whilst in university, we use a range of teaching styles including reality based examples, experiential learning and simulation utilising actors, service users and professionals from practice.

What opportunities are there whilst studying on the degree course at UWE?

The course has opportunities to travel both nationally and internationally and some previous students have gone to places such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Gambia, Croatia, Norway and Tanzania.

What are the most likely job prospects/locations on graduation?

The course has 100% employment for our graduates. And CYP nursing has the ability to allow for travel across the globe.

Mainly our graduates remain within the West Country and the Midlands, but a small percentage go further afield – including occasionally working overseas.

Why choose Children and Young People’s Nursing?

This is a real chance for people from a wide range of backgrounds to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.

The profession encompasses people of all genders, age, cultures and experience.

What sort of people do we look for?

All nursing requires a caring and compassionate nature as well as someone who can listen and empathise with all our patients.

But there are a range of specialties within CYP nursing which require applicants with a wide variety of abilities including technical and high-level communication skills.

We also recruit to the course based on the values and behaviours of the NHS constitution. Anyone applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services will be asked to demonstrate the values of the NHS Constitution and these six values for all NHS staff are:

  • Working together for patients: patients come first in everything we do.
  • Respect and dignity: we value every person – whether patient, their families or carers, or staff – as an individual, respect their aspirations and commitments in life, and seek to understand their priorities, needs, abilities and limits
  • Commitment to quality of care: we earn the trust placed in us by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics of quality of care – safety, effectiveness and patient experience right every time
  • Compassion: we ensure that compassion is central to the care we provide and respond with humanity and kindness to each person’s pain, distress, anxiety or need
  • Improving lives: we strive to improve health and wellbeing and people’s experiences of the NHS
  • Everyone counts: we maximise our resources for the benefit of the whole community, and make sure nobody is excluded, discriminated against or left behind.

And we look for applicants who can demonstrate commitment and motivation to becoming a CYP nurse with an understanding of exactly what the role involves.

We also favour those people who are passionate for advocating CYP rights.

Lastly, on a practical note: if you are thinking of applying, please remember that there is more than one type of nursing so do try to frame your personal statement to show exactly which type of nursing you want to do. If you apply for two or more nursing degrees at UWE Bristol, you are unfortunately not going to get very far with your application.

And finally …

People choose nursing for many reasons: to make a difference to the lives of others, to work with people and perhaps because there are great employment opportunities ahead. If this sounds like something that you would be interested in then come to one of our open days to find out more. UWE is the largest provider of nursing and midwifery education in the UK and our next Open Day is on 30th September.

Thank you to Senior Lecturer, Carole Irwin and to UWE Bristol, Department of Nursing and Midwifery.

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