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|
|Availability||Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing
GC single unit of study
|Term||JANUARY, APRIL, JULY, OCTOBER|
|Hours of study||150|
|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:-
|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: Introduction – a historical and global view||a) discuss the mechanisms of pain and the process of pain detection, transmission and perception in infants, children and young people||Assessment 1: Online discussion
1a – Barriers to best practice
1b – Procedural pain
|Theme 2: Understanding pain||b) identify various types of pain and discuss the underlying pathophysiology in infants, children and young people||Assessment 2: Quiz||10%||3|
|Theme 3: Pain assessment||c) critically evaluate multidimensional pain assessment tools and their application in infants, children and young people in the clinical setting||Assessment 3: Case analysis 1||30%||6|
|Theme 4: Pain management||d) evaluate contemporary pain management strategies for infants, children and young people in a variety of contexts in accordance with evidence-based clinical guidelines||Assessment 4: Case analysis 2||50%||9|
|Theme 5: Pain management (non-pharmacologtical)||e) reflect on your own values, beliefs and culture in relation to pain and discuss how this may impact pain assessment and management in infants, children and young people|
|Theme 6: The future|
Paediatric Pain – Assessment and Management (197) is a Tier 1 unit.
|Tiers||2022 Member price (10% discount)||2022 Non-member price||2023 Member price (10% discount)||2023 Non-member price|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.