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Nursing Children and Young People

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, children’s and young people’s care, and used to be called Paediatric Nursing.

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Nursing Children and Young People, May 2020

It publishes original research, updates in policy or in practice guidelines, descriptions of practice innovations, literature reviews, case studies, opinion articles, news, analysis, features and book reviews. Articles from outside the UK will be considered for publication.

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

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:

  • Acute care
  • Community
  • Complex care
  • Neonatal care
  • Long-term conditions
  • Professional issues

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When you are ready to submit your article, you should do so online through Editorial Manager.

Meet the editors

Christine WalkerChristine Walker


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. Christine is also editor of Learning Disability Practice and co-editor of Mental Health Practice, and a clinical editor specialising in nursing. Contact Christine if you would like to write an article Nursing Children and Young People or have an idea for an article that you would like us to follow up.

Email: chris.walker@rcni.com
Call: 020 8872 3154
Twitter: @RCNi_Christine

Doreen CrawfordDoreen Crawford

Consultant editor

Doreen trained as a state-registered nurse 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 undertook a registered sick children's nurse programme in 1985.  Her nursing degree was from King’s College, London and her postgraduate education qualifications and master’s degree were obtained from De Montfort University, Leicester. Doreen is passionate about the care of infants and children and their families, and has been privileged to work in a variety of clinical areas. At the Royal College of Nursing, Doreen has been active in the children and young people’s acute care forum and has represented the college on several occasions. She is now an independent nurse adviser with Crawford McKenzie.  

Carli Whittaker

Carli WhittakerConsultant editor

Carli Whittaker is is director of clinical skills in the school of health science at the University of Nottingham and also works part-time as a sister on paediatric critical care (PICU) at Nottingham Childrens Hospital (NCH). Previously, she was critical care educator at NCH for 11 years. Having completed her nursing degree in Australia, Ms Whittaker gained extensive international clinical experience in a variety of fields before finding her passion in PICU. Her interests include paediatric intensive care; renal replacement therapies; neuro trauma; and education and simulation.

Among her other activities Ms Whittaker is vice-president of the Paediatric Critical Care Society involved in critical care education external quality assurance; the National Organ Donation Committee Paediatric and Neonatal Sub-group; the UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance; and the Critical Care Leadership Forum. Ms Whittaker completed her MSc in advanced nursing in 2012. She is also a member of the University of Nottingham's Children and Young People’s Health Research team.

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