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Paediatric emergency nursing

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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



Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

PG Single Unit of Study




The student must be working in an emergency department that has a paediatric case mix


Tier 1

Recommended text:

Curtis, C & Ramsden, K 2011, Emergency and trauma care for nurses and paramedics, Mosby Elsevier, Sydney.

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

Not 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) Discuss advanced clinical practice roles within the specialty of emergency nursing and justify their value in relation improved patient outcomes

Assessment 1 Online activities  x 3



Theme 2: Patient Assessment

b) Apply knowledge of normal growth and development and physiology to the assessment of unwell children in order to predict deterioration and prioritise nursing management

Assessment 2 Case analysis (2000 words)



Theme 3: Triage

c) Explain the important role of triage in the paediatric emergency department and discuss how these nursing skills may be associated with optimal outcomes

Assessment 3 Essay (2500 words)



Theme 4: The critically unwell child

d) Develop more complex problem solving and clinical decision-making skills related to the nursing care of infants, children and adolescents who present to the emergency department




Theme 5: The critically injured child

e) Rationalise clinical management strategies in relation to the underlying pathophysiology of critically ill or injured paediatric patients




Theme 6: Child & adolescent mental health – acute presentations

f) Critically appraise established methods of treatment against current research supporting the provision of contemporary evidence-based practice





g) Critically reflect on own values and beliefs regarding the integration of family and culture into the planning and delivery of nursing care to paediatric patients in the emergency department




Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.