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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
Availability Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

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
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

10% 4, 7
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.

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.