Study Child Nursing at ARU, and take your first steps towards a fulfilling career as a nurse for babies, children and young people.
Our purpose-built child nursing labs simulate many aspects of a working hospital ward. You’ll use sophisticated healthcare equipment in small group sessions, led by highly experienced and dedicated staff. And, of course, you’ll spend lots of time out on placement.
You’ll gain the clinical knowledge, skills, confidence and accreditation you need to succeed as a registered children’s nurse.
Student nurses can take advantage of nursing training grants worth at least £5,000 per year.
Here at ARU, we’re dedicated to the continual improvement of healthcare and stand by the values of the NHS Constitution.
We think it’s important to reflect on what makes a great nurse. As a paediatric nurse, you'll have a natural rapport with young people and work closely with parents, carers and relatives. A compassionate child nurse understands that patient wellbeing must be placed at the centre of the care they deliver. A courageous nurse uses good communication to advocate for what’s right for patients and their families and commits to act as a role model. We’ll help you grow into a competent nurse and concentrate on developing your leadership skills.
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in 2019 and 2020 by the Student Nursing Times. Our nursing degrees are also ranked top in the East of England by the Guardian League Table 2021. It speaks volumes about the quality of our teaching.
You’ll soon discover that ARU is a stimulating place to study Child Nursing, with dedicated child nursing facilities and registered, practising tutors who’ll make sure you’re being taught the latest techniques and give you the support you need to succeed. We make use of technology to support your learning too, with virtual reality scenarios and real time assessment.
Our Nursing and Midwifery Council Child Nursing degree places equal value on clinical practice and theory. It’ll take you from university lectures to a variety of placements. You may well find yourself at a GP surgery, attending health visits, on a general children's ward or in paediatric A&E.
Hospital placements last around seven to 12 weeks and include both acute and community settings. There’s also the option of a self-funded overseas placement at the end of Year 2.
You’ll be linked to one of our NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements in hospitals or community settings.
We want to make sure you experience a variety of placements and that you graduate as an effective practitioner. Our placement maps will help you plan your travel before you start on the course.
Teaching on campus usually takes place between 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday. On placement, you’ll be working shifts. This can mean early, late and night shifts, as well as working weekends and bank holidays. You’ll be supported by practice supervisors and assessors as well as staff from ARU.
Each year, you’ll get allocated annual leave at set points to support you in balancing your course and relaxation time.
Throughout your time studying Child Nursing at ARU, you’ll have the chance to share experiences with students from other health care courses, and to see how the professions work together to provide effective and seamless care.
From Year 1 you'll be out on placement, getting hands-on experience in hospitals and community healthcare teams.
As a nursing student at ARU, you'll use purpose-built skills labs and sophisticated healthcare equipment.
Nursing is far more than a career. As a nurse you'll make a difference to many people’s lives - including your own.
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As part of your nursing studies with ARU, you’ll be able to take advantage of:
Our degree course is validated by the NMC and you’ll be linked to one of our eight NHS healthcare trust partners for your placements.
We’re proud to have been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year in both 2019 and 2020.
Course Leader/Senior Lecturer (Child Nursing)
Senior Lecturer/Course Leader (Child Nursing)
Lecturer/Course Leader in Nursing
Deputy Head of School (Mental Health Nursing, Child Nursing and Apprenticeships, Chelmsford)
Nursing really is a job for life. As a child nurse, you’ll make a difference to many people’s lives, including your own.
Specialist children’s nurses can build careers in a variety of fields. You may choose to become a specialist nurse practitioner, a consultant nurse or a modern matron. Or you could take your education further still, conduct research or go into healthcare management.
All our nursing courses require approval from the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), so you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with them when you graduate. We work with employers to make sure you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through your placements.
100% of our graduates were employed six months after completing their degrees, with many getting job offers from their placement areas.
I had always wanted a career that was rewarding and enabled me to make a difference to other people’s lives. At ARU I immediately felt so welcomed.
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