To help inform the development of the new QNI/QNIS CCN Standards, the QNI carried out a survey of 348 nurses working in community children’s nursing services.

This report, ‘Community Children’s Nursing in the 21st Century – Developing and Strengthening CCN Services’ has now been published.

Download the full report on this page (1.3 MB file size, PDF format).

Headline findings of the QNI report

  • 73% of Community Children’s Nurse (CCN) teams have at least one member with a relevant Specialist Practitioner Qualification
  • Most Community Children’s Nurses have worked in the specialty for a relatively short time – 33% for less than five years and a further 25% for less than ten years.
  • 82% of respondents had a formal mentorship role and 97% of CCN teams offer pre-registration nursing student placements.
  • Over 70% of respondents did not expect to retire from the profession for 10 years. However 29% of those who responded expected to retire within the next five years.
  • 47.5% – almost half – of respondents indicated that their teams had to refuse referrals at certain times, due to capacity issues.
  • 35% of CCNs indicated that they used annual leave entitlement in order to undertake professional development opportunities.
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