Child Nursing

Bucks New University is a friendly, vibrant place to study. We are passionate about empowering and supporting our students to become proficient, confident and compassionate children's nurses.

Our children's nursing students are highly respected within the trusts and clinical areas in which we work and we have a high rate of employability with 98% of our undergraduate children's nursing graduates in employment or in further study six months after graduating (HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016).

In addition to our highly-regarded BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children's) programme, we offer a range of continued professional development programmes and we were recently awarded 'Education Provider of the Year' (post registration) at the Student Nursing Times Awards.

The children's nursing course team represents all clinical specialities within community and hospital services.

Our experienced tutors have worked in a wide variety of clinical specialities, including:

  • accident and emergency
  • community nursing (including school nursing)
  • general paediatrics
  • learning disability
  • neonatal and paediatric intensive care
  • operating theatres
  • outpatients
  • Safeguarding
  • Oncology.

Our specialist tutors maintain close links with practice, ensuring that our children's nursing programmes are up-to-date with modern practice.

Bucks New University has world leading and internationally excellent research in a range of disciplines including nursing and healthcare, sports sciences and business and management.

We have a vibrant academic nursing and health-related community with an excellent track record in educating new and experienced health and social care practitioners from pre-qualifying to doctoral studies.

We currently work with a number of NHS Trusts and also place students in independent placements, including private hospitals.

Members of our teaching staff are assigned to each clinical area to support students when they are out in practice.

Clinical experience opportunities may include:

  • accident and emergency departments
  • community nursing - with health visitors and paediatric nursing teams
  • general paediatric wards
  • learning disability units
  • neonatal intensive care
  • operating theatres
  • outpatient departments
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • private healthcare placement experiences.

We offer clinical experience in a variety of settings. The main NHS Trusts we currently work with include:

We offer a wide range of continued professional development courses (CPD) to help our students advance on their career path.

Learn more about our Continuing Professional Development courses.

Career-focused courses

  • We are one of the few pre-qualifying child nursing programmes who offer placements with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  • 98% of our children's nursing graduates are in employment or in further study six months after graduating (HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016).

Academics who know their field

  • The team frequently publish their work; for example Jayne Francis-Shama recently published her research on 'Perceptions of leadership among final-year undergraduate nursing students' in Nursing Management journal, one of Royal College of Nursing (RCNi) publications.
  • Melanie Hayward, Senior Lecturer in our Department of Child's Nursing, regularly writes for the Independent Nurse journal and many of our tutors often contributes to newspaper articles, key publications and publish papers.
  • Karen Harrison-White and Liz King are both reviewers with Nurse Education Today and Nursing Children & Young People journal.
  • Liz King, Senior Lecturer in our Department of Child's Nursing, recently won 'most inspiring tutor award'.

Award wins

  • Bucks New University was nominated eight times in four categories in Student Nursing Times Awards 2018, including Student Placement of the Year for Community Nursing and Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs, winning the Teaching Innovation of the Year Award for training with dementia simulation. Our interesting, innovative and engaging methods of teaching included the use of technology in the classroom, lectures and simulation, as well as bridging the gap between research and teaching practice.
  • Dr Sharon Edwards, a senior nursing lecturer who was awarded the 2017 National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for her teaching excellence, was shortlisted for Educator of the Year at the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards.
  • The University won Partnership of the Year at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2016 for our involvement of Service Users in our programme and was a finalist in 2017 for its work with Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group, Central and North West London NHS Trust and Health Education England (NWL). The collaborative partnership developed a Primary Care and Community Nursing Route for undergraduates.
  • One of our Children's nursing students was shortlisted for Student Nurse of the Year for Child Nursing in the 2017 Student Nursing Times Awards in recognition of their excellent communication skills and clinical knowledge required to care for children.
  • We were also shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs category in the 2018 Student Nursing Times Awards which recognises individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to student affairs during their time at university.
  • We are one of the few UK Universities to combine state-of-the-art simulation experiences with the expertise of a moulage specialist who is skilled in applying mock, and often gorily realistic, injuries for training purposes. Our innovative simulation to enhance our nursing and health students' learning was recognised at the Guardian University Award 2016, where we won the Teaching Excellence category.
  • Our Head of Academic Department, Karen Harrison-White, won the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award at the 2017 Students' Union Awards for demonstrating excellence in academic leadership.
  • As part of our 2016 graduation celebration, we awarded an honorary doctorate to Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Industry-focused research

  • We have a number of research centres and institutes within the Faculty of Society and Health, including our Institute of Vocational Learning and Workforce Research (IVLWR) and the Institute of Research in Nursing.
  • The Institute of Vocational Learning and Workforce Research is the only institute of its kind in the UK focusing on the unregistered health and social care workforce and it works with national bodies like Health Education England and health and social care partners in North West London, Buckinghamshire, the Thames Valley and beyond.
  • The Institute of Research in Nursing was established in September 2013 as a partnership institute between Buckinghamshire New University and NHS Trusts in North-West London. It brings together clinicians and academics representing excellence in Nursing Practice, Innovation and Research.

Bespoke training

  • We have a strong track record of developing and delivering bespoke training solutions for our partner organisations, including NHS Trusts, healthcare services, support groups and charities. Email us to discover more about our bespoke training.