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
|Mode of study||Online|
|Hours of study||150|
|Recommended texts||Fraser, J., Waters, D., Forster, E. & Brown, N. (2022). Paediatric Nursing in Australia and New Zealand. (3rd edition). 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:-
|Type of assessment
Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)
(% of total marks)
|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.
|Tiers||2023 Member price (10% discount)||2023 Non-member price||2024 Member price (10% discount)||2024 Non-member price|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.