halimaaa_24
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 4 months ago
#1
hey guys, i can't decide which i want to do child or adult nursing their both are very interesting, would it be harder to work with children as they won't be able to communicate their pains.
0
reply
Tracey_W
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#2
Report 4 months ago
#2
(Original post by halimaaa_24)
hey guys, i can't decide which i want to do child or adult nursing their both are very interesting, would it be harder to work with children as they won't be able to communicate their pains.
Emily_B

Nursing isn't a easy job regardless of which field you decide to do.
Adult nursing can be as challenging as children as there are few adults who are unfortunately deaf who goes into hospital so makes things just as hard to communicate as no nurses are signed language trained.

So they are both interesting area's to work in but adult nursing has a vast wider area to work in unlike children nursing !!!!

You are only person who can decide on this as if you want to be a adult nurse then go and do this and same if you want to become a children nurse.
All newly qualified nursing staff are paid same wage at bottom of band 5 and you work way up the payscale over time

I'm a registered midwife.
0
reply
millsr
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#3
Report 4 months ago
#3
The list below is copied and pasted from a reply I posted on a previous thread so apologies if there's anything in it that was specific to that person's situation, but some of these pros and cons might help you decide:

Children's nursing pros:
- More effort made to keep your work environment fun/positive/less bleak
- Even the most difficult patients can be adorable sometimes (however con #2 and 3 may outweigh this)
- Slightly better prospects in terms of career progression as there are fewer children's nurses than adult (very minor difference though)

Children's nursing cons:
- Very emotionally demanding job, wards with lots of sick children can be very sad places to work
- Some absolute nightmare parents/family members
- Children generally require more energy to keep up with than adults, especially if they're young


Adult nursing pros:
- More variation/opportunities and areas to specialise
- Often easier to treat/communicate with as they understand what's going on and can regulate their emotions better than a child
- Opens more doors for the future (e.g. second registration, midwifery conversion, prison nursing, GP nursing etc. Some of these are possible as a children's nurse, but easier to get into as an adult nurse)

Adult nursing cons:
- Also very emotionally demanding a lot of the time, especially where death is involved
- Adults are often more complex patients with more emotional and mental needs to deal with
- Way more rude/bossy/demanding/hostile patients
0
reply
halimaaa_24
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#4
Report Thread starter 4 months ago
#4
(Original post by Tracey_W)
Emily_B

Nursing isn't a easy job regardless of which field you decide to do.
Adult nursing can be as challenging as children as there are few adults who are unfortunately deaf who goes into hospital so makes things just as hard to communicate as no nurses are signed language trained.

So they are both interesting area's to work in but adult nursing has a vast wider area to work in unlike children nursing !!!!

You are only person who can decide on this as if you want to be a adult nurse then go and do this and same if you want to become a children nurse.
All newly qualified nursing staff are paid same wage at bottom of band 5 and you work way up the payscale over time

I'm a registered midwife.
oh, I actually didn't think of that. Both courses are really interesting I looked into the pros and cons and still can't decide I need to look further into it. I think I'm moving more towards child nursing, however.
1
reply
halimaaa_24
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#5
Report Thread starter 4 months ago
#5
(Original post by millsr)
The list below is copied and pasted from a reply I posted on a previous thread so apologies if there's anything in it that was specific to that person's situation, but some of these pros and cons might help you decide:

Children's nursing pros:
- More effort made to keep your work environment fun/positive/less bleak
- Even the most difficult patients can be adorable sometimes (however con #2 and 3 may outweigh this)
- Slightly better prospects in terms of career progression as there are fewer children's nurses than adult (very minor difference though)

Children's nursing cons:
- Very emotionally demanding job, wards with lots of sick children can be very sad places to work
- Some absolute nightmare parents/family members
- Children generally require more energy to keep up with than adults, especially if they're young


Adult nursing pros:
- More variation/opportunities and areas to specialise
- Often easier to treat/communicate with as they understand what's going on and can regulate their emotions better than a child
- Opens more doors for the future (e.g. second registration, midwifery conversion, prison nursing, GP nursing etc. Some of these are possible as a children's nurse, but easier to get into as an adult nurse)

Adult nursing cons:
- Also very emotionally demanding a lot of the time, especially where death is involved
- Adults are often more complex patients with more emotional and mental needs to deal with
- Way more rude/bossy/demanding/hostile patients
Thank you this was very helpful.
0
reply
Tracey_W
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#6
Report 4 months ago
#6
(Original post by millsr)
The list below is copied and pasted from a reply I posted on a previous thread so apologies if there's anything in it that was specific to that person's situation, but some of these pros and cons might help you decide:

Children's nursing pros:
- More effort made to keep your work environment fun/positive/less bleak
- Even the most difficult patients can be adorable sometimes (however con #2 and 3 may outweigh this)
- Slightly better prospects in terms of career progression as there are fewer children's nurses than adult (very minor difference though)

Children's nursing cons:
- Very emotionally demanding job, wards with lots of sick children can be very sad places to work
- Some absolute nightmare parents/family members
- Children generally require more energy to keep up with than adults, especially if they're young


Adult nursing pros:
- More variation/opportunities and areas to specialise
- Often easier to treat/communicate with as they understand what's going on and can regulate their emotions better than a child
- Opens more doors for the future (e.g. second registration, midwifery conversion, prison nursing, GP nursing etc. Some of these are possible as a children's nurse, but easier to get into as an adult nurse)

Adult nursing cons:
- Also very emotionally demanding a lot of the time, especially where death is involved
- Adults are often more complex patients with more emotional and mental needs to deal with
- Way more rude/bossy/demanding/hostile patients
When are you starting your chosen nursing degree.

Plus most universities are phrasing out conversion top-up courses for midwifing as will be harder to do this as NMC wants everyone to do whole 3 years course for these.
0
reply
millsr
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#7
Report 4 months ago
#7
(Original post by Tracey_W)
When are you starting your chosen nursing degree.

Plus most universities are phrasing out conversion top-up courses for midwifing as will be harder to do this as NMC wants everyone to do whole 3 years course for these.
September 2021. A lot of healthcare conversion courses seem to be on the way to being phased out at the moment. I see why but I guess it's frustrating for people who are looking for a career change and have more than enough experience, especially as funding is quite limited in some parts of the UK
0
reply
Tracey_W
Badges: 15
Rep:
?
#8
Report 4 months ago
#8
(Original post by millsr)
September 2021. A lot of healthcare conversion courses seem to be on the way to being phased out at the moment. I see why but I guess it's frustrating for people who are looking for a career change and have more than enough experience, especially as funding is quite limited in some parts of the UK
You'll be looking forward in starting your course in September then x

True about lots of things being phrased out like but I think it down to lack of adult nurses that they have done this because how many adult nurses went onto do the midwifing top-up conversion course and not been replaced. Hopefully over coming years all UK governments will sort this out.

Funding is terrible for nursing students in all UK countries as England offer £5000 bursary but in Scotland they get £10000 bursary a year - should be same all over but it not.
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Feeling behind at school/college? What is the best thing your teachers could to help you catch up?

Extra compulsory independent learning activities (eg, homework tasks) (14)
6.6%
Run extra compulsory lessons or workshops (34)
16.04%
Focus on making the normal lesson time with them as high quality as possible (35)
16.51%
Focus on making the normal learning resources as high quality/accessible as possible (31)
14.62%
Provide extra optional activities, lessons and/or workshops (57)
26.89%
Assess students, decide who needs extra support and focus on these students (41)
19.34%

Watched Threads

View All