Children's Nurse

What is Children's Nursing?

A children’s nurse cares for children of all ages with a wide range of health conditions, from nursing a sick newborn baby to an adolescent who has been in an accident. Children’s nurses work closely with family members or carers to make sure that the child does not suffer additional stress as a result of being ill or in hospital.

Children's Nurse NMC Information Sheet

Who do Children's Nurses Work With?

Children's nurses can work as a member of team with other professionals such as doctors or healthcare assistants. They will work in a hospital setting or a community setting, for example a care home or patient's home.

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What skills and qualities would I need?

The children’s nurses’ health care environment is busy, fast changing and demanding and so you need:

  • Communication Skills - excellent interpersonal skills and communication abilities are needed when dealing with a variety of people from different backgrounds.
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  • Good Initiative - At times a children's nurse will have to deal with unexpected situations and will need to be able to act on their own make quick decisions.
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  • Organisational Skills - A children's nurse could be working with several patients at once so it is useful to have good skills when it comes to organisation.
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  • Emotionally Strong - To be good at problem-solving and strong when dealing with patients is helpful.
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  • Commitment - An children's nurse has to be fully committed to continued learning throughout your career.

What Courses can I choose from?

In Northern Ireland the only university where you can study children's nursing is Queen's University:

Queen's University

Course name - BSc Honours/Diploma in Nursing
For more information visit the
Queen's University Website

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