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Paediatric Pain – Assessment and Management
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This unit of study is designed to enhance the knowledge of nurses who care for infants, children and adolescents experiencing pain. The themes include pain physiology, types of pain including; acute, chronic, cancer, and procedural pain, and developmentally appropriate pain assessment. Pain assessment tools are evaluated and both pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management are explored.

Pain management in the paediatric setting is complex and nurses are challenged to consider management in light of current best practice, cultural diversity and belief systems.

Paediatric Pain – Assessment and Management
Unit of study code 197

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Recommended texts Twycross, A Dowden, S & Stinson, J 2013, Managing pain in children: A clinical guide for nurses and healthcare professionals, 2nd edn, Wiley-Blackwell, UK.
Co-ordinated by Fran Stoddart



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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Theme 1: Introduction – a historical and global view a) identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of pain in infants, children and adolescents Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 2, 10
Theme 2: Understanding pain b) discuss different types of pain in relation to clinical presentation and underlying pathophysiology in infants, children and adolescents Assessment 2: Quiz (20 questions) 10% 4
Theme 3: Pain assessment c) evaluate comprehensive, age and developmentally  appropriate pain assessment tools for infants, children and adolescents Assessment 3: Case analysis (1,500 words) 30% 7
Theme 4: Pain management d) evaluate pain management strategies against contemporary literature, evidence based practice guidelines and research for infants, children and adolescents Assessment 4: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 5: Pain management (non-pharmacologtical) e) reflect on your own values and beliefs in relation to pain and discuss how this impacts on your skills in pain assessment and management for infants, children and adolescents.
Theme 6: The future

Paediatric Pain – Assessment and Management (197) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.