How to get into paediatric nursing

Looking for a career in paediatric nursing? Find out more about caring for children, and search for local vacancies with Prestige Nursing + Care.

We are a leading provider of opportunities for people to work in the care industry with a large range of roles on offer, including jobs as a paediatric nurse. But what does the role involve and how can you get into paediatric nursing?

What is paediatric nursing?

Paediatric nursing involves working with children of all ages who suffer from a huge range of conditions or illnesses. Paediatric nurses assess children’s care needs by considering a huge number of factors, including their medical, social, cultural, and family circumstances. They support and care for children and young people, and work together with their families as well as with other healthcare professionals. Paediatric care can be provided in a variety of settings, including homecare, hospitals, schools, and residential care homes.

Caring for children can be a very rewarding and flexible job. We offer opportunities for full and part-time work, which makes it easy to fit into your daily schedule and any other commitments you have.

What are the responsibilities of a paediatric nurse?

As demonstrated by one of our own paediatric nurses, there is huge scope and variety within the role of caring for children. This can include looking after children or young people with learning difficulties, special needs or challenging behaviour, or those with severe brain damage who require a much greater level of assistance.

Paediatric nurses play an invaluable role in assessing a child’s needs before taking charge in delivering their care. Care may occur in hospital, the patient’s home and the wider community.

Responsibilities also include; preparing patients for operations and procedures; recording and monitoring pulse, temperature and respiration; assisting with tests and evaluations; in some cases responding quickly to emergencies; explaining treatment and procedures to family members; writing reports and updating records.

Paediatric nursing skills

Communication skills are a definite requirement. It is paramount that you are able to communicate with and answer questions from both the child and their parents. A key part of the role is also liaising and communicating with other healthcare professionals to ensure consistent care.

Paediatric nurses also need to be adaptable, dealing with a range of conditions and illness. Empathy is also key for dealing with challenging situations, made all the more difficult when those that can be seriously ill are only young. But the reward and job satisfaction can also be fantastic.

How to get into paediatric nursing

To become a paediatric nurse you first need to have a degree in pre-registration nursing in which you can specialise in paediatrics. During your time as a nurse you can also take continuing education courses to specialise in paediatrics, and professional development is also recommended to enhance your skills.

Entry without a degree is also possible if you wish to become a healthcare assistant. Please get in touch for more details.

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Jobs FAQs

What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

Do I need care experience to join?

Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks:

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.