Children’s nurses work as part of a supportive and inspiring team to provide young patients and their families with the vital care and compassion they need.

What's it like to be a children's nurse?

When you’re a nurse, no two days are the same. You’ll work with different people every day, improving the lives of patients and advancing medical innovation and care. As a trained healthcare professional, you’ll lead teams and take on senior positions of responsibility. That’s why nurses are one of the most important parts of our health services. 

As a children’s nurse, you’ll work with patients from newborn babies to young adults, with a range of conditions. You’ll plan and deliver treatment, supporting both patients and their families.

When a child is sick or injured it can be very distressing for the patient and their family. Children’s nurses also need to be able to provide comfort and reassurance. To be a children’s nurse, you need to be a good communicator, approachable, and highly observant. 

Working in children’s health is challenging but satisfying. It’s a vital role where you’ll make a real difference to people’s lives.

There’s a shortage of nurses in the UK, so a children’s nursing degree will offer you fantastic employment options. And new annual payments of £5,000 up to £8,000 for all undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students will be available from September 2020.

Mike, children’s nurse

'I have lots of fond memories of my training for becoming a nurse.'

About the job

Aisha, staff nurse

'My team are very helpful, they’re always there to pick you up.'

Is it for you?

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