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This unit of study has been designed to enhance the specialist knowledge and skills required by nurses who care for critically ill or injured paediatric patients presenting to the emergency department. Themes covered within the unit of study include; an introduction to professional practice for emergency nurses, triage and physical assessment, common medical presentations, trauma, mental health presentations and the special needs of infants in the emergency department. This unit of study challenges students to reflect on, and develop their nursing practice using contemporary evidence and industry endorsed clinical practice guidelines.

Paediatric Emergency Nursing
Unit of study code 057
Availability Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite The student must be working in an emergency department that has a paediatric case mix
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Recommended texts Curtis, C & Ramsden, K 2011, Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics, Mosby Elsevier, Sydney.
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
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: Professional issues in paediatric emergency nursing a) critically review the effects of advanced nursing practice roles on the outcomes of infants, children and young people within the Emergency Department (ED) Assessment 1: Online forums

1a. Vital sign frequency in children in ED

1b. Respiratory presentations – EBP

10% 4, 7
Theme 2: Patient assessment b) explain the role of triage in prioritising management of sick infants, children & young people Assessment 2: Case analysis 1 40% 6
Theme 3: Triage c) utilise the Primary and Secondary survey framework to guide resuscitation and stabilisation of acutely unwell infants, children and young people who present to the ED Assessment 3: Case analysis 2 50% 9
Theme 4: The critically unwell child d) analyse the presenting pathophysiology of critically ill or injured infants, children and young people to inform appropriate clinical management strategies
Theme 5: The critically injured child e) critically appraise local practice guidelines against contemporary research, supporting an evidence based approach to nursing management of infants, children and young people in ED
Theme 6: Child & adolescent mental health – acute presentations f) reflect on how personal values & beliefs about culture may affect the equitable and culturally respectful delivery of healthcare in emergency departments

Paediatric Emergency Nursing (057) 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.