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Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP-21

Key information
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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Children's Nursing

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Children's nurses care for children and young people from birth to 18 years old in hospital and in the community. Children and young people can present with a range of conditions, from birth defects, accidents and injuries, to life-limiting or critical illnesses or which can result in the death of a child. Children's nurses work in partnership with the child/young person, their parents and carers, involving them in the planning and delivery of their child's care and treatment. Children's nurses, in collaboration with other professionals, strive to promote health in children and young people to ensure they enter into adulthood in good health.

This innovative and intensive two-year course aimed at students with an existing degree (2:2 or above) will equip you with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the nursing care needs of children and families, including those with acute and long-term conditions. The course will also develop your abilities to consider the wider aspects influencing children's health needs, preparing you for future leadership in a changing and challenging health care system.

You'll experience a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations. Practice experience is gained in several world-renowned central and outer London hospitals including:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Evelina London Children's Hospital
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Variety Children's Hospital at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

You will be allocated one of these hospitals as your host Trust during the course.

Employability

Day-to-day duties of a children's nurse are varied; from administering drugs and injections, recording observations on vital signs such as pulse and temperature, to explaining treatments and procedures to gain consent from parents/guardians. With experience, there are multiple opportunities for specialisation as your career progresses – such as: counselling, intensive care, cancer care, child protection, ambulatory care, orthopaedics and asthma.

Career progression

All graduates are offered the opportunity to apply for employment with the NHS Trusts and hospitals where they gained experience during training when posts are available. The course has an excellent record in graduate employment, including working overseas, and covering a range of qualified nurse positions.

Successful graduates of the PgDip can top-up to an MSc in one year and will be qualified to study a range of further specialist postgraduate pathways. With additional experience, advanced practice is available at masters level with the potential to progress to doctorate studies.

Modules

This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of pharmacology and medicines optimisation to ensure students are prescriber ready upon NMC registration. This module focuses on the nursing of children and young people, with an emphasis on the theoretical prescribing and practical application of administration. It will explore and discuss the general principles of pharmacodynamics and the complexities of pharmacokinetics. Commonly used medications will be explored in the context of a variety of care settings. This module will consider the role of the nurse in relation to the safe administration of medication in clinical practice, including competency with drug calculations.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,250

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

This course is not currently open to international students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students will be considered on an individual basis but will normally require: A Bachelor degree with a minimum 2:2 classification. Candidates without a health or science related degrees are required to complete a Life Sciences work book package to satisfy the Life Sciences element of the APL portfolio. In accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements, Maths and English GCSEs/equivalent (at C or above) are also required. This course is not currently open to international students.

University information

London South Bank University (LSBU) is a highly regarded educational institution located in the London Borough of Southwark. Established in 1882, it is one of London’s oldest universities, with over 15,000 students representing over 130 countries worldwide, and a global network of over 80,000 alumni. The university is both historical and forward thinking and focuses on providing professional opportunities for both employees and...more

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