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Registered Childrens Nurse - Willow Ward

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 per annum (pro rata for part time) inclusive of allowances
Closing date
29 May 2024
We are seeking Band 5 Registered Children's Nurses to join our team to work in Willow Ward (General paediatrics).

Willow ward is a 22-26 bedded general paediatric ward with enhanced care beds caring for children aged 0-16 years with a variety of medical, surgical and orthopaedic conditions.

If you are an Internationally Educated Nurse and are interested in apply for this role, you will need to have submitted your registration for your Paediatric NMC pin. If you have applied for an Adult NMC pin, unfortunately we cannot consider you for this role.

We are currently in the process of developing level 2 paediatric critical care beds if you have experience of working in a Paediatric Intensive Care we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will need to have:

1) A commitment to caring for sick children and supporting the senior nursing team in advancing paediatric practice. 2)First level registration with the NMC as a Children's Nurse . 3) An interest in acute paediatric nursing, and care of the child in the assessment/HDU environment. 4)Commitment to continuing your own personal professional development

In return we are committed to continuing your personal professional development within our supportive team environment. We have close links with the University Of Greenwich and actively encourage your development. A Practice Development Nurse is available to support this process. Within the ward environment you will be supported by a Senior Sister and team of Band 6 Sisters.

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities. We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant Pledge and have a commitment to the Armed Forces Community.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. We strongly encourage that all our staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 and are vaccinated annually against Flu, in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and patients. Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical responsibilities:1.1 Assesses the care needs of babies, children and adolescents and develops programmes of care in relation to the needs of the child and family1.2 Implements programmes of nursing care and evaluates their effectiveness, ensuring that the care plan provides a continuous record of progress, response to treatment, rehabilitation and nursing care1.3 Work in partnership with children and their families in order to support and encourage involvement in their care, thus supporting family centred care1.4 Support parents, carers, siblings and other members of the childs support network as appropriate1.5 Assists in setting and maintaining optimum standards of nursing care, ensuring that nursing guidelines and policies are adhered to1.6 Be involved in orientating children and their families to the environment on Willow/PAU as part of their admission1.7 Participates in the reception, care and discharge of children ensuring they receive safe and competent care during their stay1.8 Receives with courtesy children, their families and visitors into the ward and outpatient area1.9 Chaperones children, and accompanies them to other wards, departments, hospitals etc. as requested by the nurse in charge1.10 Is aware of the spiritual, psychological and emotional needs ofthe child and their family and endeavours to meet these at all times1.11 Help prepare children and their families for discharge addressing any practical, emotional or psychological issues and ensuring that there are clear plans for the future care of the child1.12 Liaise with the Childrens Community Nursing Team, GP, Social Services, Health Visitor, Community Midwife or School Nurse to identify issues for children and their families on discharge1.13 Assists in maintaining custody of all drugs by checking, storing and administering them in line with Trust policy1.14 Is aware of the location of emergency and resuscitation equipment and procedures and participates in the checking of emergency equipment each shift1.15 Responsible for the researching, development and undertaking of nurse led clinics for children and their families.1.16 Responsible for liaison with the hospital play specialist team in relation to provision of play facilities for children in all areas

Please see attached job description for more information.

Person Specification

Educational achievements, qualifications and training


  • Registration as a Children's Nurse on the NMC register
  • Committed to personal professional development


  • Diploma or degree
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Cannulation skills
  • Evidence of further study



  • Minimum experience of working in a paediatric environment during nurse training
  • Willing to take charge of the ward in absence of more senior staff
  • Knowledge of child protection


  • Experience of other care settings
  • Previous band 5 experience

Job related aptitude and skills


  • Good communicator both written and verbally
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Has commitment
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own


  • Teaching skills
  • Able to see a career plan for self

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road



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