Children's Nursing MSc
The MSc in Children's Nursing enables you to develop a reflective, enquiring, critical and innovative approach to your professional practice. You'll further develop the knowledge and understanding with which to enhance your professional practice and advance in an analytical approach to care which is based on best available evidence. You'll also learn to understand the current structure of Children's Services Provision and the role of the nurse within that structure. You'll demonstrate your commitment to excellence in providing care for children and their families, as well as analyse future research needs within your area of practice. Your studies should contribute towards improving care provided for children, young people and the family.
In addition, you'll enhance your life-long learning skills and personal development, enabling you to work with self-direction and originality as well as contribute to professional practice and to society.
Distinctive features of this programme include:
- Meeting the education and training needs of employers and individuals through flexible part-time study;
- The taught programme is complemented by e-learning support and interactive online activities and is supported by expert children's nurses;
- Emphasis is on integrating theoretical approaches with the practice of Children's Nursing;
- Assessment uses innovative practice based approaches such as mock clinical scenarios and reflective logs;
- Potential students can claim advanced standing for up to 50% of the programme (for suitably qualified applicants).
This programme is aimed at Children's Nurses who expect their career to remain primarily in child health care professional practice, are working in primary, secondary or tertiary clinical settings and who wish to continue their academic development to postgraduate level.
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1 - 6 years
- Improving quality, change management and leadership
This module focuses on inter-professional learning and will explore leadership, quality improvement and change within organisations from an inter-professional perspective. The module will look at strategic, evidence-based approaches to change management in a range of environments. It will integrate the perspectives of service users and take an inter-professional approach.
- Applied anatomy and physiology for children and young people
This module further develops the anatomy physiology themes from prior knowledge, 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.
- Fundamental concepts of caring for children, young people and families
The purpose of this module is to provide the foundational knowledge that informs children’s nursing. It will provide a theoretical basis for developing core care skills whilst encouraging the examination of 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 examine concepts of professional and legal responsibilities related to care delivery.
- Building practice skills for children'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.
- Enhancing practice skills in children'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.
- 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 critically ill child or young person.
- Applied pharmacology and medicine 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.
- Research in health and social care
The purpose of this module is to consolidate and extend your knowledge of research approaches and methods and enhance your ability to be a critical user of research evidence. The module examines philosophical and theoretical perspectives underpinning health and social care research approaches including exploration of research design and key aspects of data gathering and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative analyses. The module will develop practical skills for identifying, critical reviewing and synthesising research evidence relevant to professional practice.
This module provides the opportunity to undertake original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice. Through the preparatory learning set you’ll be able to consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design and associated methods of enquiry. You’ll be supported to develop the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out your chosen project. The preparatory learning set will address ethical and governance issues and processes relevant to your project.
Employment prospects are excellent, with graduates gaining contemporary knowledge and skills which ensures their contribution toadvancing professional practice in children's nursing.
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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.
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.
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.
Teaching and learning
Students will normally hold a Bachelor Honours degree andnormally they will be on Part 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) register with a children's nursingqualification (RN Child) with a minimum of three years post registrationexperience.
How to apply
Fees and funding
The fees are payable on a yearly basis according to the number of modules being undertaken that year rather than up front for the entire course.
You can be sponsored through CPPD contract arrangements with LSBU, have fees paid by your employer or fund yourself or use a combination. The fee arrangements can change on a yearly basis.
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Prepare to start
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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 Welcome Week pages.
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