Children’s Nursing at London South Bank University

Rose: I decided to become a children’s nurse
because working with children is fun and it’s exciting and its entertaining, but being a
children’s nurse is more than that; it’s about caring for them and helping them at their
most vulnerable moment. Fiona: The department of children’s nursing
here at LSBU is the largest department of children’s nursing in the country; there is
a large teaching team that includes expert practitioners and well experienced academics,
and also a research team that is well renowned with their work into children’s cancer care.
Rose: The teaching at London South Bank University was absolutely fantastic; we got specialists
from both inside the hospitals and specialists from outside the hospitals that come in and
tell us about the latest pieces of research and also their experiences, and how nursing
has evolved over the years. Andy: When Megan was ill I used to do talks
to the staff at Great Ormond Street about what we as parents want and expect from staff
looking after our children, and LSBU heard about me and asked me to come and do the same,
and I now teach the children’s nurses, cancer nurses what we expect and how we can work
together as a team to make our children better. Fiona: The students love their practice placements
and their evaluations are generally that that is the best bit of course that’s why they
are here; they tend to be people that learn through doing and it gives them every opportunity
to do that. Karen: So each member of academic staff are
allocated a clinical link area. We go out on a regular basis and support the students
and work with the mentors and the practice educators within the trust to ensure that
the students are well supported, and they’re central to the experience within London South
Bank. Jackie: As part of my role I link in with
London South Bank. So Not only do the link lecturers come out into the practice areas
to support students but I also come into the University itself, I was here this morning
teaching, and we cover any practical aspects, any employability aspects, we teach them about
interviewing and what the employer requires of them when they qualify, so they have a
good understanding at the end of their programme what I’m looking for as an employer. Megan: When I was two I think it was, I was
diagnosed with Leukaemia and I was taken up to Great Ormond Street and they’ve cared for
me from then on, like throughout the wards, and they’re are all really nice staff. Sally R: The relationship between Great Ormond
Street and LSBU is a close working relationship to make sure we provide the best possible
learning environment for the students that we have within our trust. Sally S: the students who come to Bart’s health
for their practice placement can expect a warm welcome and the support and encouragement
to develop their career. They’ll get lots of opportunities to practice all of those
basic nursing skills that you would expect to see on a nursing programme, but also other
skills such as communication skills and working with other agencies. Rose: The course that I studied at London
South Bank University really helped me begin my career as a nurse, I mean without it I
don’t think I would have got as far as I’ve got today. Fiona: An ideal candidate for children’s nursing
is someone that is committed to looking after children and their families; someone that
is kind and caring and compassionate and also intelligent and capable of undertaking the
graduate programme. Sally S: I would encourage students to undertake
a career in nursing because I think there are so many fantastic opportunities – so many
different pathways that you could follow and there really is something in it for everyone
and a real opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives. Rose: I’d definitely recommend London South
Bank University’s children’s nursing programme to other people because the support you get
is amazing, the facilities are state-of-the-art and I don’t think you can get any better.
I mean I had a fantastic time, the people, the diverse culture and just the environment
of London South Bank University and its location really stuck out and I’m really glad I studied
there. Fiona: Children’s nursing can be very demanding,
it can be sad, but it’s an absolute pleasure to be working with children and their families
and it is highly rewarding. Andy: I actually think the nurses in a hospital
are more important than the doctors. The doctors made our daughter better without doubt, and
we will always be grateful but it’s the nurses that made her what she is today. The care
that they showed and the love, they’re the ones that make the stay in the hospital what
it is very, very special.

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