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Supporting children’s nursing education to provide better care

Children's nurse student with girl

The children’s nursing education team at Kingston and St George’s have a programme of research investigating how education can best support and prepare future children’s nurses.

Examples of their research in this field include investigating how to prepare students for interprofessional working with social workers in areas such as child protection. They are also exploring ways in which the University and hospital staff can work together to prepare student children’s nurses for their first clinical placement.

Dr Jayne Price, Associate Professor in children’s nursing, has published research examining how best to teach about the palliative care of children. As the complexity of caring for children with palliative care needs is increasing, the need for nursing students to be armed with the knowledge and skills to care for these children in a meaningful way has never been greater. Important factors include the identification of appropriate content, the availability of specialist teaching expertise, the involvement of parents in teaching sessions and the provision of support for students in the event of emotional reactions.