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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

057

Availability

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

PG Single Unit of Study

Term

APRIL, OCTOBER

Pre-requisite

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

Fee*

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

Content

 

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 

Weighting

(% 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

10%

2,4,10

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)

40%

5

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)

50%

9

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

 

 

 

*Fees

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.