Reflection on the dual-field adult and child nursing degree course
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Reflection on the dual-field adult and child nursing degree course

Natacha Pauline Kalbfuss Staff nurse, Emergency Department, Southampton General Hospital, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, England
Lauren Jayne Deanus

In 2011, the University of Southampton commenced a four-year undergraduate nursing degree course that resulted in students gaining dual-field registration in adult and child nursing. In this article, the authors reflect on their experience of being part of the first cohort of students in the UK to graduate from the dual-field adult and child nursing degree course. They identify the benefits and challenges of pioneering the new course and explore how it shaped their experience of becoming newly registered nurses. They also emphasise the potential contribution of dual-registered nurses to enhancing care and discuss whether the dual-field course should be widely available.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10319

Correspondence

natacha.kalbfuss@uhs.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 25 October 2015

Accepted: 22 July 2016

Published online: 28 June 2017