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Nursing Children and Young People is the UK’s leading journal covering evidence-based practice in child health nursing. It aims to promote excellence in neonatal, infant, children’s and young people’s care.

It publishes original research, updates in policy or in practice guidelines, descriptions of practice, literature reviews, case studies, shorter opinion articles and commissioned book reviews.

It also publishes continuing professional developments article to inform, support and educate nurses working in this field of practice, and to help contributors and their readers prepare for revalidation.

Meet the editorial team

Christine WalkerChristine Walker

Editor of Nursing Children and Young People

Christine is the editor of Nursing Children and Young People and has also been managing editor at Nursing Standard. She originally trained as a journalist and has worked for a variety of publications, and in health and medical communications. Christine is also editor of Learning Disability Practice and a clinical editor who has specialised in nursing since 2002.

If you need to get in touch, email or tweet @RCNi_Christine

Doreen CrawfordDoreen Crawford

Consultant editor of Nursing Children and Young People

Doreen used to teach Olympic gymnastics in South Wales before embarking on a career as a nurse. She trained as a state-registered nurse in Warwickshire and then worked on a children’s ward, where she quickly realised that additional education and training were required to ensure that children and their families were cared for safely and satisfactorily. She became a registered sick children's nurse in 1985 in Staffordshire. She obtained her nursing degree from King’s College London and her postgraduate education certificates and master’s degree from De Montfort University, Leicester. Doreen remains passionate about the care of infants and children and their families, and feels privileged to support their care in a number of roles in various clinical areas. In the RCN, Doreen has been active in the children and young people’s forums and has represented the college on several occasions. She is now nurse adviser with consultancy Crawford McKenzie and a former senior lecturer in nursing and midwifery and governor at De Montfort University.

Doreen is on Twitter @DoreenCrawford

Annette Dearmun

Consultant editor of Nursing Children and Young People

Nettie has been a children’s nurse for many years and, having trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, she became a ward sister at St Mary’s Hospital, London. Her interest in studying was sparked when she undertook a diploma in nursing, and she was then attracted by teaching and so enrolled on a course at the RCN to equip her to be a nurse tutor. She missed clinical practice so, when a lecturer practitioner role was developed in Oxford, she made sure she took advantage of the opportunity. Working at Oxford Brookes University exposed her to a research environment and she completed a doctorate into the experiences of children’s nurses who had completed degree programmes. In 2007, the Oxford Children’s Hospital was opened and Nettie was appointed the head of children’s nursing. A restructuring in the trust has enable her to broaden her role to head of nursing and clinical governance for the children’s and women’s division, a post she has held since 2011.

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If you have an idea for an article or how to develop the journal in print or online, the editorial team wants to hear from you. How about any of the following topics, for example:

  • Children’s acute care
  • Community children’s nursing
  • Neonatal nursing
  • School nursing
  • Advanced practice
  • Clinical skills

Find out more about submitting an article to us by visiting our Write for us section.

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