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Children’s nurse

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I care for everyone from new‑borns to teenagers. I need to understand their specific health needs and how to minimise the impact of illness. It’s always helpful to build good relationships with the children and their parents or guardians.

Top skills

Good listening and communication

Care and compassion

Critical thinking

Other roles children’s nursing could lead to:

Neonatal nurse

A&E nurse

Intensive care nurse

Theatre nurse

Cancer and palliative care nurse

Community children's nurse


What training do I need to become a children’s nurse?

A Children’s and Young People’s Nursing degree and to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Bursary info

Funding packages are available for eligible nursing and midwifery degree students including a non-means tested and non-repayable bursary which will rise to £10k per year, from 2020/21. For more info, visit Student Awards Agency Scotland and check out our handy guide.

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