Nurse - Child

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Registered nurses (child) care for sick children in hospital or the community. Children are less able to explain their symptoms, and are more easily frightened by strange environments. As a nurse you must assess each child’s needs, both physical and emotional, and give comfort. You also provide support and advice to parents.

Children's nurses are also called paediatric nurses.

The Work

You could be:

You would work with an age range of children from new born to teenager.


Nurses working for the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change pay scale. The current pay scales are from April 2021. A newly qualified nurse is on Band 5, £26,104 to £32,915 a year. A senior (charge nurse) or specialist nurse is on Band 6, £33,072 to £40,736 a year.

The current pay scales are from April 2021.


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Getting In

To become a registered nurse (child) you need a degree in nursing (SCQF Level 9-10).

Jobs are mainly in children’s hospitals or in special units in general hospitals. You might work in schools, health centres and specialist clinics, or with the armed services. You can find NHS job vacancies in Scotland by visiting NHS Scotland Recruitment.

What Does it Take?

You should be:


Getting On

More Information

Child nursing is one of the most popular branches of nursing and most difficult to enter. After finishing training there are few jobs in Scotland although there are still vacancies in England. If you wish to work abroad you are advised to do the adult nurse training first as this is more acceptable.

The Scottish Government runs the One Year Job Guarantee (OYJG) Scheme for newly qualified nurses and midwives to help improve their chances of finding work as well as developing their skills. The positions are one-year fixed term contracts at 22.5 hours a week, set at grade 5 on the NHS Agenda for Change pay scale. For further details contact NHS Scotland Careers.



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

Nursing and Midwifery Council
Tel: 020 7637 7181
Twitter: @nmcnews

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