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I am doing an access to health this September and want to go onto a nursing degree after that but am deciding which nursing area to go into. I have experience in the nursing field as a few people in my family are\were nurses , one of my cousin's is a child nurse ( she's the ward manger of a children's ward) she got me voluntary experience on the ward as well as experience on a mental health ward, adult ward , so have experience working in three areas and see first hand what it's like being a nurse and the hard work they do. I'm still on the children's ward because I enjoy its so much , out of the three different wards I have volunteered on I only enjoyed working on the children ward and when I'm there it doesn't feel like work I enjoy looking after the children and assisting the nurses, I like watching the nurses help the children feel better.

I would really like to work as a child nurse but some of the nurses on the ward said there are not many jobs in children nursing and that I would be better going into adult or mental health nursing as there are loads of jobs and indemand for nurses.
wanted to ask is this true that is hard to get a job as a child nurse? As I have decided that my career goal is to become a health visitor.

My cousin said nursing itself is an in demand job and that I should not have any problems getting a job as a child nurse?
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I am doing an access to health this September and want to go onto a nursing degree after that but am deciding which nursing area to go into. I have experience in the nursing field as a few people in my family are\were nurses , one of my cousin's is a child nurse ( she's the ward manger of a children's ward) she got me voluntary experience on the ward as well as experience on a mental health ward, adult ward , so have experience working in three areas and see first hand what it's like being a nurse and the hard work they do. I'm still on the children's ward because I enjoy its so much , out of the three different wards I have volunteered on I only enjoyed working on the children ward and when I'm there it doesn't feel like work I enjoy looking after the children and assisting the nurses, I like watching the nurses help the children feel better.

I would really like to work as a child nurse but some of the nurses on the ward said there are not many jobs in children nursing and that I would be better going into adult or mental health nursing as there are loads of jobs and indemand for nurses.
wanted to ask is this true that is hard to get a job as a child nurse? As I have decided that my career goal is to become a health visitor.

My cousin said nursing itself is an in demand job and that I should not have any problems getting a job as a child nurse?
Charlotte's Web can you help?
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My cousin said nursing itself is an in demand job and that I should not have any problems getting a job as a child nurse?
your cousin is right, nursing is a occupation in demand. It's currently on the priority shortlist due to the sheer lack of nurses in the uk.
don't listen to people telling you to do a field of nursing due to jobs. you will always have work in the UK in mental health, learning disability, children or adult nursing. most of all, the degree is not easy and is somewhat stressful. So study a field of nursing you are going to enjoy.
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I am doing an access to health this September and want to go onto a nursing degree after that but am deciding which nursing area to go into. I have experience in the nursing field as a few people in my family are\were nurses , one of my cousin's is a child nurse ( she's the ward manger of a children's ward) she got me voluntary experience on the ward as well as experience on a mental health ward, adult ward , so have experience working in three areas and see first hand what it's like being a nurse and the hard work they do. I'm still on the children's ward because I enjoy its so much , out of the three different wards I have volunteered on I only enjoyed working on the children ward and when I'm there it doesn't feel like work I enjoy looking after the children and assisting the nurses, I like watching the nurses help the children feel better.

I would really like to work as a child nurse but some of the nurses on the ward said there are not many jobs in children nursing and that I would be better going into adult or mental health nursing as there are loads of jobs and indemand for nurses.
wanted to ask is this true that is hard to get a job as a child nurse? As I have decided that my career goal is to become a health visitor.

My cousin said nursing itself is an in demand job and that I should not have any problems getting a job as a child nurse?
There are certainly fewer jobs for children's nurses but there are fewer children's nurses. In adult nursing there are lots of different specialisms and therefore lots of jobs, but there are many more nurses to fill those roles. No nurses in any branch at the moment are struggling to find jobs. This almost certainly won't be a problem for you either when you qualify, regardless of branch, so really isn't worth worrying about at all.

You can apply for the health visitor course from any branch, so that also wouldn't be a problem. It's worth bearing in mind that career goals often change through the course of your degree as you do more placements and get more experience. You should also expect to have to work as a band 5 staff nurse in whatever branch you choose for a few years prior to doing any further qualifications.

It seems from what you've written above that you want to do children's nursing. It's a good idea to be aware of the potential negatives or issues you may face, but the most important thing is getting a qualification that will enable you to have the career you want. Branch changes are occasionally possible, but are nowhere near as easy as they used to be so you need to be sure you are making the right decision before you start.
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Thank you both, I have decided to do children's nursing, it's were my heart is and even if I do 12 hour shifts , because my heart is in child nursing it makes the 12 hour shifts worth it

Charlotte's web- the last line when you said about making the right decision was what helped the most as when I was doing experience work on the adult wards I did not enjoy myself as much and even started thinking can I do this but then on the children ward even though it's just as hard I enjoyed myself much more, the thing is I just enjoy working with children, so I know that one thing I want from nursing is to work with children thouout my career.
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