Children's nursing placements can be daunting - you'll be
working in a variety of settings and caring for a range of children and their families
when they are at their most vulnerable. You will have new colleagues to work
with, and newly learned nursing theory to put into practice. This pocket guide
is designed to make your placements much more enjoyable and less stressful.
From absence policy
to paediatric early warning scores,
via faeces, it's full of practical
detail, hints and tips.
Written by experienced lecturers with top tips
provided by current nursing students - this guidance is really produced with
you in mind.
Pocket-sized format - carry it with you at all
Space to make your own notes - be it uniform
policy, new terminology, or just the names of your new colleagues!
Reduce your stress and make the most of your placement by
having this book to hand from the start.
1. Top tips from child nursing studentsGetting there2. Preparing for placement3. Uniform4. Absence from placement5. The NMC Code6. Family-centred care7. Consent, competence and confidentiality8. Guidance on using social media Settling there9. Induction and first day10. Working with your practice supervisor (mentor)11. Common documentation12. Communicating with your colleagues12.1 Answering the phone13. Communicating with children, young people and families Being there14. Personal safety14.1 Hand hygiene14.2 Infection control and sharps policy14.3 Moving and handling15. Fundamental skills15.1 Assessment using activities of daily living15.2 Healthy Child Programme15.3 A to E assessment15.4 Observation of vital signs15.5 Paediatric early warning scores (PEWS)15.6 Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT)15.7 Drug administration15.8 Drug calculations for children15.9 Infant Feeding15.10 Nutrition and fluids15.11 Skin assessment15.12 Urinalysis15.13 Faeces15.14 Risk assessment from a paediatric perspective15.15 Safeguarding children and young people15.16 Play and distraction16. Paediatric Basic Life Support and choking17. Common medical emergencies17.1 Respiratory distress17.2 Sepsis17.3 Anaphylactic reaction17.4 Escalating concerns18. Pain and pain assessment19. Common medication groups for childrenMoving on from there20. Reflection21. FAQs22. Common terminology23. Useful websites