This unit of study focuses on the assessment and management of infants, children, and young people with acute illness/injury in the hospital setting. Building on the students’ foundational knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology, and childhood development, the content is presented in age ranges and in topics including acute medical/surgical/trauma and complex chronic illness. Where possible, case vignettes are used to assist students to link theory with clinical practice.
A family-centered and interdisciplinary approach feature in holistic management strategies and students are challenged to critique their nursing practice against contemporary research and endorsed clinical practice guidelines. This unit of study helps prepare paediatric nurses for leadership by encouraging critical thinking, reflective practice, an evidence based practice philosophy, and a commitment to culturally safe and respectful practice.
|Principles of Acute Paediatric Nursing|
|Unit of study code||138|
|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. (Eds). (2022). Paediatric Nursing in Australia and New Zealand (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press, GB.|
|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: Recognition of the deteriorating child||a) evaluate the role of paediatric early warning systems in fostering a greater understanding of the dynamic nature of acute paediatric illnesses and assisting in the early recognition of deterioration||Assessment 1: Personal learning goals||5%||1-2|
|Theme 2: The acutely injured infant, child, or young person||b) develop advanced clinical decision-making skills by synthesizing physical assessment and diagnostic findings and the pathophysiology of acute paediatric presentations||Assessment 2: Annotated bibliography||30%||5|
|Theme 3: The acutely unwell medical infant, child, or young person||c) critically analyse contemporary research on acute paediatric Illness/injury as foundation for the development of evidence-based management plans||Assessment 3: ePoster with discussion paper||40%||8|
|Theme 4: The acutely unwell surgical infant, child, or young person||d) review chronic and complex illnesses in childhood and explore the effects on the child and family||Assessment 4: Peer Review of ePoster||10%||8|
|Theme 5: The acutely unwell infant, child, or young person with chronic or complex disease||e) critically reflect on your own values and beliefs in relation to culture and diversity, facilitating culturally safe and respectful nursing care of children and their families.||Assessment 5: Reflective essay||15%||10|
Principles of Acute Paediatric Nursing (138) 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.