Service user involvement in preregistration child nursing programmes
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Service user involvement in preregistration child nursing programmes

Rebecca Barnley Child field lead, School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, England

Service user involvement is a fundamental part of preregistration nursing education programmes, however achieving this for child nursing students is challenging. Service user involvement can be achieved through online forums but this method can lack the emotional interaction and opportunity for deep reflection.

This article reviews the background and challenges of service user involvement in preregistration child nursing programmes, further exploring the evaluation of a group of final year child nursing students’ experience of appreciating the journey of two service users. The input from service users provided the opportunity for reflection, empathy and improved student self-awareness in nursing practice.

Students gained perspective of the holistic needs of the service user, which empowered them to have confidence in their communication skills to ensure the voice of the child is heard and their rights are upheld. This article concludes that service user involvement is crucial in preregistration nursing programmes for the development of child nursing students, not only affecting their training but also the future workforce.

Nursing Children and Young People. 29, 10, 38-40. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2017.e959


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Received: 18 May 2017

Accepted: 14 September 2017

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