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Foundations of Paediatric Nursing
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This unit of study is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge that will equip them for a profession in the specialty of paediatric nursing. Knowledge of normal growth and development, and anatomy and physiology will prepare students to undertake comprehensive physical assessments of the infant, child, and young person. The complexities of fever and fever management in infants and children is explored alongside the common communicable diseases that are an important factor of early childhood health. Finally the mental health of children and young people and some acute mental health disorders are introduced.

Students are encouraged to use critical thinking and reflection to develop their nursing practice, while also advancing their understanding of how cultural safety and family centred care influence the relationship between the child, family and paediatric nurse.

Foundations of Paediatric Nursing
Unit of study code 337
Availability Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Suggested readings Fraser, J., Waters, D., Forster, E. & Brown, N. (2018). Paediatric Nursing in Australia; Principles for Practice. Cambridge University Press
Co-ordinated by Fran Stoddart
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
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Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


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When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: The health of Australian children and families a) apply knowledge of normal growth & development to the physical assessment of infants, children and young people Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 2, 7
Theme 2: Normal growth and development b) differentiate the anatomical and physiological alterations that occur from infancy to adolescence Assessment 2: Analysis of care (2,000 words) 40% 6
Theme 3: Anatomy and physiology c) critically appraise current literature to ensure evidence based decisions in relation to paediatric nursing care planning Assessment 3: Short essays (2,000 words) 40% 8
Theme 4: Paediatric assessment d) promote positive mental health for children, young people & their families in all contexts of paediatric healthcare Assessment 4: Concept map 10% 10
Theme 5: Fever and communicable disease e) analyse strategies that facilitate collaboration between healthcare professionals, the child & their family to ensure family focused & culturally safe care
Theme 6: Mental health of children

Foundations of Paediatric Nursing (337) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.