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Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice
  • Policy/Strategy Development

Area of Practice

  • Children's Nursing

Settings

  • Hospital Care

Job/Role Summary

Assess, diagnose, treat, refer on or discharge children with minor injuries within an Accident and Emergency department. Work as part of the senior nursing team within A+E department. Health promotion.

 

Specific qualifications and experience required

  • Registered Children's Nurse
  • 5 years Children's A+E experience 2 years of which are at band 6
  • Completion of level 3 module in autonomous practice (or something similar) - studied as part of BSC in Emergency Nursing

 

Career Milestones

  • Completion of advanced paediatric life support course moved career in direction of paediatric emergency care.
  • The development of the adult emergency nursing practitioner (ENP) service created my interest and motivated me to commence the ENP course which became part of my degree.
  • Moved to management position where I was allowed to take on the role of an ENP on an ad hoc basis within Paediatric A+E department.
  • Moved to Northern Ireland for personal reasons and was successful in gaining a post as a paediatric ENP in a children's A+E department.

 

What attracted you to this job?

  • The fact that this was the ideal career move given my qualifications and interest.
  • I needed a post when i moved to Northern Ireland.

 

Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • Being autonomous.
  • Providing a good service to children with positive feedback from families.
  • Being a role model for junior staff.

 

Important success factors

  • Good communication skills with colleagues, patients and families.
  • Job satisfaction.
  • The existence of this post in paediatrics specifically.

 

Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

  • 5 years experience in A+E.
  • Specific interest in minor injuries as involvement in resuscitation situations is limited.
  • Ability to be flexible working hours to suit service.

 

Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

  • Autonomy
  • Good communication skills
  • Development of documentation skills
  • Increased knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  • Gaining skill of x-ray interpretation.

 

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