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Which branch will be better for nurse practitioning.

I am more interested in doing child rather than adult.

Will it matter which branch i pick since i want to be a nurse practitioner.
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What do you understand about the role of a nurse practitioner? If you've researched the role you'll know the answer to your question

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Hint: if you want to become a nurse practitioner specialising in an area of children's health do you think having a background in adult or child nursing would equip you with the best experience for that role?
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What do you understand about the role of a nurse practitioner? If you've researched the role you'll know the answer to your question
PRSOM

i know of NPs who are Adult, Mental Health or Child Branch registered depending on their practice ... not sure about LD
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Which branch will be better for nurse practitioning.

I am more interested in doing child rather than adult.

Will it matter which branch i pick since i want to be a nurse practitioner.
You can become a nurse practitioner in either branch. Obviously the roles will be slightly different and it will also depend what sort of area you specialise in.*

If you are more interested in children's nursing then you've really answered your own question.*
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You can become a nurse practitioner in either branch. Obviously the roles will be slightly different and it will also depend what sort of area you specialise in.*

If you are more interested in children's nursing then you've really answered your own question.*
Yeah, i am more interested in child nursing.
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What do you understand about the role of a nurse practitioner? If you've researched the role you'll know the answer to your question
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in a nut shell, Np's assess and diagnose patients, they can also prescribe medication.

as for the spoiler, i think child nursing will equip me with the best experience for that role.
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What do you understand about the role of a nurse practitioner? If you've researched the role you'll know the answer to your question
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If i was to work in a GP as a nurse practitioner will i be expected to work unsocial hours?
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If i was to work in a GP as a nurse practitioner will i be expected to work unsocial hours?
Depends on your employer but potentially yes. In GP practices I don't think NPs stay on at night for emergency/ out of hours surgeries, its usually the doctors.

Also here's my two cents: Adult branch nursing would potentially allow you to choose between the two as you can do a post graduate diploma to change specialism if you so desire from adult to child (NOT vice versa). If you go into child nursing you will only ever work with children. It really restricts some of the paths you could go down if you were to change you mind in the future. I know it's a lot of pressure but you need to make a decision soon. Also don't forget you need a few years experience before doing your masters degree to become a nurse practitioner and in this time you could only work with children if you choose child branch potentially forcing you into the children's nurse practitioner.

Hope that's helpful
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Depends on your employer but potentially yes. In GP practices I don't think NPs stay on at night for emergency/ out of hours surgeries, its usually the doctors.

Also here's my two cents: Adult branch nursing would potentially allow you to choose between the two as you can do a post graduate diploma to change specialism if you so desire from adult to child (NOT vice versa). If you go into child nursing you will only ever work with children. It really restricts some of the paths you could go down if you were to change you mind in the future. I know it's a lot of pressure but you need to make a decision soon. Also don't forget you need a few years experience before doing your masters degree to become a nurse practitioner and in this time you could only work with children if you choose child branch potentially forcing you into the children's nurse practitioner.

Hope that's helpful
Yeah, that is what i thought too but why is it that you can't you change specialist from child to adult.

Also, don't GP practices open from 8-6?
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If you want to work with children, work with children (0-18 years). Conversion courses are hard to find nowadays so 'topping' up is not necessarily an easy option, yes you could do a PGDip but you would have to fund that. There are so many areas that you can go into within paediatrics, children get ill too and in paeds you see a lot of children with various syndromes that you won't find in Adult because sadly many are life limiting. Oncology, diabetes, renal, cardiac, haematology, intensive care, A&E, trauma, mental health issues, addiction etc etc etc, paeds has it all too it's not just the preserve of adult nursing. Children's wards imo are happier, nicer places to work with a better ratio of nurse to patient.
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It's harder to find a job as a child nurse. Not as many as adult. My mum is finding it hard to find jobs. Don't have the option to do agency work or part time as not many agencies for children.

You do get some abuse from both though. From parents of children or from adult patients themselves.
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If you want to work with children, work with children (0-18 years). Conversion courses are hard to find nowadays so 'topping' up is not necessarily an easy option, yes you could do a PGDip but you would have to fund that. There are so many areas that you can go into within paediatrics, children get ill too and in paeds you see a lot of children with various syndromes that you won't find in Adult because sadly many are life limiting. Oncology, diabetes, renal, cardiac, haematology, intensive care, A&E, trauma, mental health issues, addiction etc etc etc, paeds has it all too it's not just the preserve of adult nursing. Children's wards imo are happier, nicer places to work with a better ratio of nurse to patient.

I have the solution! DO BOTH: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/healths...ult_child.page
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You can it just takes a while. 3 years of a degree then maybe an extra year for a change in specialism. I don't think it's worth it tbh plus funding and placements. Many employers make it difficult for their employees to change specialism and still work (like if you did it part time).

It sounds to me like you want to be a children's nurse from what you've said. Stick with what you like best


They do but in my local practice the NPs go home at 4 or 5! Like I said it depends on your employer really with the unsocial hours.



PS: What about this? http://www.southampton.ac.uk/healths...ult_child.page Seems like a good solution for you! It's 4 years though.

Thanks for the reply and i have looked at Southampton but its really far from where i live and i don't think i can afford to move outside my area.

Its just a shame that there is only 1 uni that does the dual course and its even outside London.

The thing is, i have only ever had experience with children but when it comes to adult nursing, you sort of get the best of both worlds and like you said, you can transition to child.

I guess, i will stick wth Adult, and then transition but if i do so(transition from child to adult), can i still work with both children and adults, regardless of my specialism? I sort of want the best of both worlds to then fully decide.

I just have doubts, i don't want to do child nursing and regret it when i can do adult and then transition to child.

However, having said that, i don't have experience with adults, i have only ever worked with children mostly.

If you don't mind me asking which branch do you work in?
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Thanks for the reply... you work in?
As an Adult nurse you could and often do come across children (I think they should call adult branch "general" really) in practice. For example in a lot of A and E departments the children's emergencies department closes at night and so other nurses may pick up those jobs. Some A and E's don't have children specific departments sometimes too, it depends on the hospital and its size.

Theatre nursing is similar, you may be required to work with patients of all ages in your given specialism like orthopedics or ENT etc. with only an adult branch degree.

Also as a nurse practitioner in general practice (having studied adult branch only) you would almost certainly be seeing children and babies come into your office. I have grown up seeing the nurse practitioner over the doctor from when I was a kid up until now!

Also practice nurses often have adult branch qualifications but they might still do vaccinations for babies and young children.

As I said before child branch is restrictive, the only adults you would come into contact with would be parents and guardians of your patients really.

Edit: I'm a student adult nurse
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It's harder to find a job as a child nurse. Not as many as adult. My mum is finding it hard to find jobs. Don't have the option to do agency work or part time as not many agencies for children.

You do get some abuse from both though. From parents of children or from adult patients themselves.

Why is it hard to find jobs as a child nurse after all, child nursing is more difficult to get into when applying to uni?

And nurses are needed everywhere 24/7


This has really changed my perspective of being a child nurse.
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As an Adult nurse you could and often do come across children (I think they should call adult branch "general" really) in practice. For example in a lot of A and E departments the children's emergencies department closes at night and so other nurses may pick up those jobs. Some A and E's don't have children specific departments sometimes too, it depends on the hospital and its size.

Theatre nursing is similar, you may be required to work with patients of all ages in your given specialism like orthopedics or ENT etc. with only an adult branch degree.

Also as a nurse practitioner in general practice (having studied adult branch only) you would almost certainly be seeing children and babies come into your office. I have grown up seeing the nurse practitioner over the doctor from when I was a kid up until now!

Also practice nurses often have adult branch qualifications but they might still do vaccinations for babies and young children.

As I said before child branch is restrictive, the only adults you would come into contact with would be parents and guardians of your patients really.

Edit: I'm a student adult nurse
Thanks for all your replies, they were helpful and i think i might now do Adult, considering that it opens more doors and i could always change speciality.

I just need to get some work experience under my belt.

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Why is it hard to find jobs as a child nurse after all, child nursing is more difficult to get into when applying to uni?

And nurses are needed everywhere 24/7


This has really changed my perspective of being a child nurse.
For the very same reason you just said It's very competitive plus far more adults get sick than children and hospitals tend to only have one pediatric ward= fewer jobs.

Don't let that put you off though! Plenty of graduates find jobs nearly straight away.
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Thanks for all your replies, they were helpful and i think i might now do Adult, considering that it opens more doors and i could always change speciality.

I just need to get some work experience under my belt.

If you have any questions about uni interviews etc. in the future when you apply just ask BTW
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If you have any questions about uni interviews etc. in the future when you apply just ask BTW
Yes definitely.

Does everyone have to be interviewed for nursing and take the maths and English tests?

Whilst interviews are necessary to judge the person etc its just not a real representation of who they are and for a person like me, i know it's cliche, but i have passion for nursing and but don't feel like i have the capacity to ace those interviews, if i ever get one.

How are they anyway and are you in your first year?
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For the very same reason you just said It's very competitive plus far more adults get sick than children and hospitals tend to only have one pediatric ward= fewer jobs.

Don't let that put you off though! Plenty of graduates find jobs nearly straight away.

Yeah and do you know whether the difference in the course content matters for nursing.

I have seen some varied content coursed from different universites.
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