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Film celebrates role of children's nursing

A film has been produced to highlight the value of children's nursing amid concerns the specialty could be sidelined. Nurses at Evelina London Children's Hospital explain why they do their job.

A film celebrating the unique role of childrens nurses has been produced following concerns about moves to sideline the specialty

Childrens nurses appear in the film describing what they do in a bid to show the value and significance of their work.

The RCN Children and Young People Professional Issues Forum came up with the idea for the short film. It was made in response to concerns that the 2015 Shape of Caring Review (Raising the Bar) appeared to marginalise childrens nursing.

Evelina London Childrens Hospital was the setting for the film, made by production company Magic Bullet.

It shows nurses who work there holding cards saying I am a childrens nurse and turning them

A film celebrating the unique role of children’s nurses has been produced following concerns about moves to sideline the specialty

A new film, in response to concerns raised from the 2015 Shape of Caring Review has been published

Children’s nurses appear in the film describing what they do in a bid to show the value and significance of their work.

The RCN Children and Young People Professional Issues Forum came up with the idea for the short film. It was made in response to concerns that the 2015 Shape of Caring Review (Raising the Bar) appeared to marginalise children’s nursing.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital was the setting for the film, made by production company Magic Bullet.

It shows nurses who work there holding cards saying ‘I am a children’s nurse’ and turning them over to read, for example, ‘I am there at the beginning of life’ and ‘I am privileged’.

Others read ‘I make the hospital feel like home… I am dedicated’ and ‘I am there when young people need support… I am a listener’.

Funding bid

In its bid for funding from the RCN, the forum says the film would demonstrate the ‘art, science and value of children and young people’s nursing to a wider audience’.

This would include the public, nurses and others considering a career in this field. The application also highlights that there is no evidence to support the suggestion by the Shape of Caring review that the four fields should continue to be reviewed.

The film will be launched on Nurse’s Day on 12 May and shown at a series of fringe events at RCN Congress in addition to being published on the RCN website and Facebook page.


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