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Children's Nursing BSc (Hons)

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Overview

A place that cares

Planning a career in nursing? Our state of the art laboratories, set up to simulate hospital ward and critical care environments, are the perfect place to learn, develop and practice your skills. Children's nurses, in collaboration with other professionals, strive to promote health in children and young people to ensure they enter adulthood in good health.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Nursing at LSBU?

Professional accreditation: our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Graduates of this course are eligible to register as a children's nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Student satisfaction: we’re the no 1 London modern university for overall satisfaction with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
Career opportunities: you’ll gain practical experience in leading NHS Trusts across London, and 97% of students are in employment 6 months after graduating (UNISTATS 2017).
Dedicated facilities: We have two children's skills laboratories, set up like nursing wards for learning manual handling of patients, basic life support skills and skills specific to the field of nursing.
No.1 in London for graduate prospects in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2019).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

The course emphasises a vocational approach to teaching, and prepares you for a career in a range of rewarding children's nursing opportunities across primary care, specialist and intensive care children's units. It will develop your abilities as a student nurse to consider the wider aspects influencing children's health needs, preparing you for future leadership in an ever-changing health care system.

Experience is gained in several world-renowned central and outer London hospitals including:

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

Methods of assessment for course overall: 53% coursework.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • Introducing evidence-based practice in children's nursing
    This module introduces the nature of evidence in health and social care and the importance of evidence-based practice for children, young people and their families, their safety and quality of experience. You’ll develop skills in accessing evidence, gain familiarity with the library, including use of electronic databases, and learn how to use the university’s referencing system for your material. You’ll learn key terms relating to research and evidence-based practice and be introduced to an evidence-based practice model. The module also sets out the context for the conduct of health and social care research, including funding and ethical aspects. 
  • Fundamental concepts of caring for children, young people and their families
    The purpose of this module is to provide the foundational knowledge that informs children’s nursing. You’ll be provided with a theoretical basis for developing core care skills whilst being encouraged to examine the role of the children’s nurse in contemporary society. Throughout the module you’ll explore how nurses facilitate active participation from children, young people and their families in decision making. You’ll also examine concepts of professional and legal responsibilities related to care delivery. 
  • Developing core practice skills for children and young people's nursing
    The purpose of this module is to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge that underpin contemporary children’s nursing practice. Using safe, simulated environments, supervised placement experiences, and independent learning opportunities, you’ll be enabled to merge knowledge, practical ability and professional attitudes in promoting quality patient/service user care. The module will focus on the development and use of appropriate professional values; clinical, problem solving and interpersonal skills that underpin safe caring practices. This module will be assessed over part 1 of the practice document within clinical practice. 
  • Essentials of biosciences for health
    The module provides understanding of the structure of the body’s systems and their function and how the human body maintains health. As the structure of organs and body systems is closely linked to their function the two sciences of anatomy and physiology cannot be separated as structure determines the functions each organ or system can perform. This will form a basis for Children’s Nurses to build upon over the future years. It has been designed to run across the whole year to ensure consistency and application as students experience a variety of practice areas. 
  • Concepts of inter-professional and collaborative practice
    This module aims to introduce the concept of collaboration and recognition that contemporary healthcare relies on working together to achieve optimum care delivery. This will be delivered alongside other students from a variety of professions within the School, with input from lecturers within these professions.
    Throughout year one, you’ll receive preparation for entering the practice learning opportunities and following each practice experience (three 6 week placements) you’ll be invited to evaluate and meet to reflect on your experiences and learning with your Personal Tutor with a group of peers.

Year 2

  • Inter-professional learning in practice
    This module builds upon the concepts of inter-professional learning and collaborative practice gained in year one of the course and expands to look at the environment, teamwork and collaboration. It will promote the exploration of inter-professional practice in the clinical situation working with peers and health consumers. The pattern of placement provision will continue to provide a variety of placement settings to ensure you can develop a range of skills for caring. 
  • Appraising evidence-based practice in children's nursing
    This module considers how research questions are generated from practice with application to Children’s Nursing. The steps in conducting research and audit and the main research methods in health and social care are explained, and associated ethical aspects are discussed. Methods of analysing and presenting different types of research data are introduced. The rationale for appraising research is considered and critical appraisal tools are reviewed. The module equips children’s nurses with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice. 
  • Applied anatomy and physiology for children and young people
    This module further develops the anatomy and physiology themes, which were introduced in year one, with a specific emphasis on application to child health and children’s nursing. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be explored in relation to children and young people. 
  • Providing care for children and young people in the community
    This module explores issues such as safeguarding, transition, and promoting health, as well as recognising and addressing the physical and mental health problems of childhood and young people. Approaches need to be child and family centred and directed at empowering children and young people to be independent where appropriate. 
  • Building practice skills for children and young people's nursing
    The purpose of this module is to build upon learning and develop practice skills and knowledge. You’ll continue to use safe, simulated environments, supervised placement experiences, and independent learning opportunities. The module will focus on the development and use of appropriate professional values with a stronger emphasis on becoming more analytical and reflective in your problem solving skills. Additionally you’ll be challenged to work towards developing effective clinical and communication skills to support practical care giving. This module will run over semesters 1 and 2. 

Year 3

  • Improving quality, change management and leadership
    This module will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an inter-professional perspective. The module looks at a strategic, evidence based approach to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users. 
  • Implementing evidence-based practice in children's nursing
    In this module you’ll focus on a topic relevant to your practice experience and examine the underpinning evidence, identifying limitations and drawing conclusions. You’ll examine evidence-based practice models and analyse factors that influence the implementation of best evidence in practice. You’ll reflect on how implementing best evidence affects the experiences of children, young people and families and how best evidence can be communicated effectively. 
  • Care of the critically ill child and young person
    This module has been designed to integrate the application of theoretical and clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to underpin managing the caring of the critically ill child and young person and their families. The module will build upon your knowledge and help develop a clinical reasoning approach to the care of a critically ill child or young person. It aims to examine the assessment, observation, close monitoring and intervention required to manage a critically ill child or young person. 
  • Applied pharmacology and medicines optimisation in children's nursing
    This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of pharmacology and medicines optimisation. Medicines optimisation focuses on encouraging all healthcare professionals to work collaboratively with each other and patients to optimise the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions (NICE 2015). This module will relate this to the care of children, young people and their families, with an emphasis on clinical application. It will explore and discuss the general principles of pharmacodynamics and the complexities of pharmacokinetics in relation to the child. Commonly used medications will be identified and explored in the context of a variety of care settings. This module will consider and evaluate the role and responsibilities of the nurse in relation to the safe administration of medication in clinical practice, including competency with drug calculations. 
  • Enhancing practice skills for children and young people's nursing
    The purpose of this module is to prepare you to enhance your assessment and decision making skills whilst effectively managing care that promotes quality, health, safety, service user and staff wellbeing. You’ll be able to appraise your own learning and development needs as you approach the transition from student to registered practitioner.

Employability

The role

Day-to-day duties for a children's nurse are varied; from administering drugs and injections, recording observations on vital signs, to explaining treatments and procedures to gain consent from parents/guardians.

With experience, there are multiple opportunities for specialisation as you progress, including counselling, intensive care, cancer care, child protection, ambulatory care, orthopaedics and asthma. Long shifts, unsocial hours and possibly being called to work at the last minute are all common. A children's nurse starts on a salary around £21,000. However, with career progression and developed experience this can extend to well over £50,000 (Prospects).

After graduation

All graduates can apply for employment with the NHS Trusts/hospitals where they gained experience during training. We have an excellent record in graduate employment, including working overseas, and covering a range of qualified nurse positions.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Jane Brett

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Jane Brett is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Children's Nursing, School of Health and Social Care.


Kate Davies

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Kate has been a Senior Lecturer in Children’s Nursing since September 2015. She qualified as a children’s nurse in 1994, and since 2000 specialised as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Endocrinology in several London Trusts.


Tamzin Dawson

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing

Tamzin Dawson is a Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing in the School of Health and Social Care.


Catherine Hewitt

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Catherine is a paediatric nurse, with extensive clinical experience in the care of the critically ill child. She is a link lecturer for placements at Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Stuart Hibbins

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Stuart has worked in neurosurgery, neurology, theatres, neonates, intensive care and accident and emergency. While working as ward manager at King's College Hospital (KCH), he completed a retrospective study to evaluate the treatment of children with hydrocephalus.


Rose Mahoney

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Lecturer in Children's Nursing

Rose Mahoney is a Lecturer in Children's Nursing in the School of Health and Social Care.


Jeyran Panahian-Jand

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing

Jeyran Panahian-Jand is a Senior Lecturer in the department of children's nursing.


Carolyn Seeman

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Carolyn Seeman is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Children's Nursing. She has been working in Nurse Education in either a full or part-time capacity since 2001.


Dr Louise Terry

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Reader in Law and Ethics

Dr Louise Terry is Reader in Law and Ethics, and specialises in teaching health and social care law and ethics. She has particular interest in withholding and withdrawing medical treatment, resource allocation, nursing wisdom, public administration and professional practice.


Prof. Alison Twycross

School/Division: Health and Social Care /
Job title: Deputy Dean and Lead Nurse

Prof. Alison Twycross is Deputy Dean and Lead Nurse in the School of Health and Social Care. Alison is an experienced researcher who is recognised internationally in the area of acute pain in children.


Katie White

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Children's Nursing
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Katie is an adult and paediatric nurse with extensive experience in a variety of clinical and managerial settings. She is a Link Lecturer at Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospital, Haven House and Little Havens Children’s Hospice.


Fiona Whitwham

School/Division:
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing

Fiona Whitwham is a Senior Lecturer and the Admissions Tutor in the Department of Children's Nursing, in the School of Health and Social Care.


Facilities

Children's Nursing skills laboratories

For our Children's Nursing courses we have two children's skills laboratories. These skills labs are set up like nursing wards and are used by all student nurses throughout their on-campus study time at LSBU. They learn manual handling of patients, basic life support skills and skills specific to the field of nursing.

SimMan

The nursing wards have simulator mannequins; SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. They are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a students' actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient.  SimMan can be male or female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse. Read more about SimMan.

  • Nursing skills labs

    Nursing skills labs

    Our realistic wards and lifelike mannequins allow students, NHS trusts and businesses to practice skills in a safe environment supported by experts.

  • SimMan

    SimMan

    The School of Health and Social Care uses a variety of mannequins to help students learn clinical skills in a simulated care environment in laboratories.

Teaching and learning

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study Work-based placements
Year 1 15% 42% 43%
Year 2 15% 44% 41%
Year 3 16% 46% 38%

Personal tutoring

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least 4 times a year and after every placement throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBC and 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above); or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM  and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • Access to HE Diploma in Nursing or similar with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits; and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent; or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points; and GCSEs Maths and English A*-C (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) or equivalent.

English language

If your first language is not English you must have the following minimum International English Language Test Score (IELTS) results at the time of applying:

  • 7.0 overall or equivalent
  • 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.

Foundation Year

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
B730
Application method

Please send your application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our institution code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

See our How to apply page for further details.

Personal statement

Download our Personal Statement Guide (PDF File 160 KB) for your UCAS application.

Interview

As part of the selection process you'll be expected to attend an MMI interview. Find out more.

Results

If you are unsuccessful in your application to LSBU for this year you cannot apply through UCAS Extra or Clearing. However you can apply for the following year.  It is important that you read the comments in the results statement so that you are prepared for any other interviews you may have.

Neonatal pathway

If you’re invited to an interview you’ll be asked to indicate whether you’re interested in being considered for the neonatal pathway. This opportunity will allow you to have at least one placement each year in a neonatal setting.

Please be aware not all hospital trusts offer this opportunity and this can be discussed further on the interview day as this may affect your trust preferences.

If you apply before the January UCAS deadline and have indicated you’re interested in the neonatal pathway you will be contacted in April and asked to submit a 500 word statement. If you apply after the January deadline you will be offered the opportunity to apply for any remaining places in August/September.

Community Pathway

This opportunity will allow you to experience healthcare in both hospital and community settings, developing your skills to prepare you to deliver care closer to home.

Please be aware not all hospital trusts offer this opportunity and this can be discussed further on the interview day as this may affect your trust preferences.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be asked to submit a 500 word statement about why you have selected this pathway.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £16500
AOS/LSBU code: 3976Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £49500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Emma Ballinger, alumna, Children's Nursing BSc (Hons)

    Emma Ballinger, alumna, Children's Nursing BSc (Hons)

    Emma's time at LSBU was a hands-on practical experience which led her to volunteer in Nairobi, as well as have many placement opportunities. Emma now works at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

  • Eden Wildman, BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing

    Eden Wildman, BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing

    Eden explains how LSBU’s central location and great hospital links made it the perfect choice for her to fulfil her ambition of training as a nurse.

  • Nursing skills labs

    Nursing skills labs

    Our realistic wards and lifelike mannequins allow students, NHS trusts and businesses to practice skills in a safe environment supported by experts.

  • Eleanor Unsworth, BSc Children's Nursing

    Eleanor Unsworth, BSc Children's Nursing

    Eleanor Unsworth is studying Children’s Nursing at LSBU and was surprised how easy and simple it was to secure her spot through Clearing.

  • Oliver Hutley, BSc Children's Nursing (Hons)

    Oliver Hutley, BSc Children's Nursing (Hons)

    A strong family tradition meant Ollie had always known he was going to be a nurse. When he visited LSBU on an open day, he found the right place to make it happen.

  • SimMan

    SimMan

    The School of Health and Social Care uses a variety of mannequins to help students learn clinical skills in a simulated care environment in laboratories.

Prepare to start

DBS

You need to declare any previous convictions, cautions, warning or reprimands through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Find out more on the DBS process for applicants.

To see when and if convictions and cautions are removed from the DBS certificate check the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates.

For more information please read our DBS FAQs.

To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Complete the online DBS application and ensure you refer to the corresponding DBS course title when completing your application, to ensure we can track your application.

Organisation: LSBUHSC
Password: london2013

If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:

  • Your DBS certificate number
  • Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
  • Your date of birth

Step 2:

Bring 3 accepted ID documents by 28 September so we can verify your application. You can visit the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed.

Please note:

If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your 3 forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.

Take photocopies of your 3 items of ID documents and your 3 original documents with you to the Post Office.

The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you

The documents will be scanned (including the Post Office receipt so that we know that it has gone through due process) and sent to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

If you have further questions you can email hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Occupational health

Please read our guide to immunisation, screening and health clearance.

If you have met the conditions of your offer download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. You can only enrol on your course when this is complete. For further information please read our Occupational Health FAQs.

Vaccination screening

Read our Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter (PDF File 126 KB).

Before you enrol on your course take the GP Vaccination and Screening History Form (PDF File 117 KB) to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp.

Once you’ve enrolled take the form to the meeting with the occupational health nurse so the nurse can check your immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. If you do not complete the occupational health process you cannot go on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

If you have any questions you can email hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Holidays

Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Uniform

Most placements will require you to wear a uniform on placement or during some practical sessions in our skills laboratories. This will be provided along with a formal name badge.

You'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniforms. For more information, see our uniform FAQs.

 
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