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Caring for our children.

Byline: SUE KELBRICK

What does a career as a children's nurse involve? A children's nurse provides care for children and young people under the age of 18, with a range of conditions, often long-term. The job involves working with doctors to assess the needs of ill or injured children or children with special needs, and deciding levels of care.

Nurses also work with parents and carers to help them cope with having an ill child in hospital.

What skills are needed? Skills required include the ability to comfort and reassure and to gain trust of young patients. Excellent communication and listening skills are essential as well as the confidence and authority to deal with people in stressful circumstances.

Chores include checking temperatures, measuring blood pressure and breathing rates, helping doctors with physical examinations and giving drugs and injections. Also cleaning and dressing wounds, administering blood transfusions and intravenous drips and monitoring highly technical medical equipment. What training do you need? To work as a children's nurse, you need a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved degree or a Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing. It is worth noting the final opportunity to start a nursing diploma is spring 2013. From September 2013, students will only be able to qualify as a nurse by studying for a degree.

To get on an approved course, you will need proof of English and maths skills, good health and good character and evidence of recent successful study. In addition, all applicants must have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. What are the opportunities for career progression? Once you are on a nurse training programme, your time will be divided between university or college and supervised placements in local hospitals and the community. Courses normally take three years to complete.

You could then progress to sister, ward manager or team leader, or go on to other management roles such as a matron or director of nursing. With further study, you could apply for advanced nurse practitioner and clinical nurse posts. What is the salary? (Guideline only) Nurses can earn between PS21,176 and PS27,534.

. ? Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), tel: 020 7333 9333 or www.nmc-uk.org ? NHS Careers, tel: 0345 60 60 655 or www.nhscareers.nhs.uk ? Information only. Jobs not necessarily available

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 27, 2012
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