Fifty per cent of your time will be studying the theory side of the course on the main Plymouth campus. The other fifty per cent of your three years will be spent out on placement. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines state you must have experience of 24 hours of care. You will therefore be expected to work shifts, which will include 7am starts, late shifts and long days.
You will have the opportunity to go on quality placements in both hospital and community settings throughout Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. You'll care for children and young people from newborns through to adolescence and beyond, support families during periods of great stress, and develop your communication skills in dealing with a wide range of issues.
If you receive an NHS bursary, and are not an assisted/seconded student, you may be able to claim your travel expenses, which will be paid in arrears. If you are an assisted or seconded student you will need to contact their employer/sponsor to see if additional funds for travel expenses can be negotiated.
Examples of placement settings you could experience include:
- Children’s wards
- School nurse
- Health visitor
- Day surgery
- High dependency units
- Special care and neonatal intensive care units
- Child and adolescent mental health services
- Youth advisory centre’s
- Schools for children with special needs
- Community children’s nurses
- Emergency department