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I'm studying Child Nursing and I'm half way through my first placement - I started uni in September. I really enjoy my course and enjoy nursing, I love meeting new patients and helping them and their families. I'm worried that I have chosen a field of nursing that doesn't promise the wide range of careers that a qualification in adult nursing would. I am doing my placement at a specialist children hospital that is about a one hour commute from my home. I love the hospital, but I'm worried that when I qualifiy I will want to work at a hospital closer to my home. And all the hospitals near where I live have normal paediatric wards. I like working on specialist wards, which in a normal paediatric ward nurses have told me the patients are all mixed.
I know adult nurses go on and specialise quite often, which is what I'd like to do. I regularly look at current nursing jobs that are being advertised such as specialist nurses like cardiology, emergency, research and community jobs (etc) and I don't think they are targeted towards paed nurses. I'm going to discuss this with my tutor when i go back to uni, but is it possible for student nurses to transfer to another field of nursing without having to start their course again? I love working with children and if i ended up being an adult nurse I know I can still do neonatal nursing or do a short course to become a child nurse; but apparently it isn't possible for a child nurse to transfer to adults without doing another 3 year degree........???!!!
I was talking to a third year student who is on her fifth placement and she told me that working with the kids is good but its really boring and that not much happens in child nursing and that she wishes she'd done adult.
I work so hard and having a good career with opportunities for progression means a lot, I'm really worried that I won't have these opportunities if I qualify in child nursing.
Any help from student and qualified nurses is so much appreciated.
Thank you!!!
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(Original post by x.BlueEyedGirl.x)
Hi,
I'm studying Child Nursing and I'm half way through my first placement - I started uni in September. I really enjoy my course and enjoy nursing, I love meeting new patients and helping them and their families. I'm worried that I have chosen a field of nursing that doesn't promise the wide range of careers that a qualification in adult nursing would. I am doing my placement at a specialist children hospital that is about a one hour commute from my home. I love the hospital, but I'm worried that when I qualifiy I will want to work at a hospital closer to my home. And all the hospitals near where I live have normal paediatric wards. I like working on specialist wards, which in a normal paediatric ward nurses have told me the patients are all mixed.
I know adult nurses go on and specialise quite often, which is what I'd like to do. I regularly look at current nursing jobs that are being advertised such as specialist nurses like cardiology, emergency, research and community jobs (etc) and I don't think they are targeted towards paed nurses. I'm going to discuss this with my tutor when i go back to uni, but is it possible for student nurses to transfer to another field of nursing without having to start their course again? I love working with children and if i ended up being an adult nurse I know I can still do neonatal nursing or do a short course to become a child nurse; but apparently it isn't possible for a child nurse to transfer to adults without doing another 3 year degree........???!!!
I was talking to a third year student who is on her fifth placement and she told me that working with the kids is good but its really boring and that not much happens in child nursing and that she wishes she'd done adult.
I work so hard and having a good career with opportunities for progression means a lot, I'm really worried that I won't have these opportunities if I qualify in child nursing.
Any help from student and qualified nurses is so much appreciated.
Thank you!!!
Would you be in a position to move nearer to the children's hospital when you qualify?
I'd be wary about changing to adults with the potential to do a shortened child nursing course, these are becoming more scarce.

Ive seen you're at BCU in another post you've made here, they have allowed people to change branches in the first year of their course in the past provided there's space in the branch you want to move to, which there usually is with adult nursing. You're doing the right thing by speaking to your tutor and exploring your options.
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I love children but chose adult after the nurses at my GP's advised me to do adult - as if you do adult you can work with adults & children, whereas if do children's, you can only work with children.

Is it possible for you to transfer to adult nursing - I've heard of nurses switching in first year as the course is very similar across the fields in 1st year, specialism is more second year. I'd ask someone at your uni if you could transfer to the adult course
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