Masters degrees in Paediatric Nursing allow postgraduates to specialise in the provision of care for children and their families, from infancy to adolescence.
Related subjects include Paediatric Critical Care and Child Health. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject, such as Nursing or Medicine.
Paediatric Nurses work across a range of healthcare and social contexts, supporting children recovering from illness or injury, as well as caring for those with mental health issues or disability.
You will be trained in evidence-based practice across various clinical and community contexts: from managing patients on wards in hospitals to helping families who care for children at home. A placement that builds your vocational experience within these parameters is usually a key component of courses.
You could gain expertise in diagnostic techniques, responses to clinical deterioration, preparations for changes to care and stabilising children for transfer. Other important issues include accountability and ethics when it comes to professional boundaries and clinical competencies.
As well as clinical care and home visits, paediatric nurses may work within institutions such as schools, as well as social services at children’s homes and rehabilitation centres.