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Course Content

Course content

Our Child Nursing course provides students with an opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs/Registered Nurse qualification and acts as preparation both for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and for taking on the responsibilities and accountability involved. It aims to provide graduates holding a health-related degree the opportunity to study at Level 7 – the theory that underpins nursing practice and develops knowledge and skills through evidence-based learning. Practice experience is gained in both hospital and community settings. On successful completion of this course students will be able to enter Part one (Child) of the Register held by the NMC.

The Child Nursing course will prepare students to be safe, effective and caring practitioners who are ready to work with children, young people and their families with a variety of care needs in a range of settings from home to hospital. In addition, the development of the children’s nursing modules has been informed by key guidance and the contemporary issues challenging the profession and service, such as the recognition of the sick child, safeguarding of children, transition into adult care, involvement of children, young people and their parents in service development (RCPCH 2010), promotion of mental health and psychological wellbeing (DOH 2006), withholding and withdrawal of life sustaining treatment (RCPCH 2004) and standards for the development of “young people friendly” services (DOH 2011).

Continuing changes to children and young people’s health services require nurses who can adapt to new ways of working whilst being able to uphold and assure high quality nursing care for the children, young people and families in their care. A key aim, therefore, is to equip children’s nursing students to thrive in such changing environments and to understand the many factors that influence service provision.

Children’s nursing students are encouraged to be passionate, assertive and creative in working collaboratively with other professionals and families in the pursuit of excellent and innovative care for all children, young people and their families.

Course structure

The framework for the MNurs Award has been specifically designed to permit Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as described by the NMC with a view to preparing students who are already graduates and/or who have relevant clinical experience for registration. APL / APEL will involve students making a written submission to detail how the requirements of the course have been met through prior study as well as providing evidence of relevant practice experience in a health care support worker role.

The course involves continuous assessment of both theory and practice. A variety of assessment methods are used including practical examinations, case studies, essays, written examinations and presentations. Students are also assessed against the NMC’s competencies for registration during a series of practice placements in hospital and the community.

The MNurs course prepares successful students for a career as a registered nurse in the relevant field of practice. Newly qualified nurses can apply for posts within a hospital or community setting. The MNurs course may also enable individuals to develop a clinical research career within the NHS.

In line with the principles and values which underpin the NHS constitution, the University expects all students undertaking programmes which lead to registration as a health professional to demonstrate the NHS values.

98% of students go on to work or further study within six months of graduation (Unistats, 2014).

Module Overview
Year One/Two
NS0502 - Fundamental Concepts of Nursing Care (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0503 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0504 - Care, Compassion and Communication within Nursing Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0505 - Development of Fields within Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Three
CN0604 - Developing Knowledge and Skills within Children's Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
CN0605 - Applying Knowledge and Skills in Children's Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0602 - Public Health in Contemporary Nursing Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0603 - Applied Life and Nursing Sciences (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0601 - Evidence and Research for Professional Practice (NC, 20 Credits)
PR0602 - Developing Skills for Safe and Effective Practice (NC, 20 Credits)

Year Four
CN0702 - Children and Young People Healthcare Challenges (NC, 20 Credits)
CN0703 - Critical Care and High Dependency Needs in Childrens Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0700 - Leading and Improving Nursing (NC, 20 Credits)
NS0701 - Preparation for Working Life (NC, 30 Credits)
PR0700 - Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice (NC, 30 Credits)


We take your placement profile very seriously and all students are provided with practice learning experiences based on Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professions Council requirements.


When you want to get hands-on experience within Public Health and Wellbeing we can support you. The Clinical Skills Centre, which has been established for 10 years, is the result of our continued commitment to create an interactive environment in which health related students can be equipped with a diverse range of skills.


Top quartile in the UK for its research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing
More than 80% of research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)

Please note: The UK Government recently announced future changes to NHS Student Bursaries. Please click here for more information relating to funding for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Operating Department Practice courses from 2017.

Visit the Nursing (Child) - MNurs page on the Northumbria University website for more details!




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