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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 Paediatric Nursing Studies

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study

Term

JANUARY, APRIL, JULY, OCTOBER

Pre-requisite

N/A

Fee*

Tier 1

Recommended text

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

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: Introduction - A historical and global view

a)Identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of pain in infants, children and adolescents

Assessment 1 Online discussions  x 2

10%

2,10

Theme 2: Understanding pain

b) Discuss different types of pain in relation to clinical presentation and underlying pathophysiology in infants, children and adolescents

Assessment 2 Quiz (20 questions)

10%

4

Theme 3: Pain assessment

c) Evaluate comprehensive, age and developmentally  appropriate pain assessment tools for infants, children and adolescents

Assessment 3 Case analysis (1500 words)

30%

7

Theme 4: Pain management

d) Evaluate pain management strategies against contempory literature, evidence based practice guidelines and research for infants, children and adolescents

Assessment 4 Case analysis (2500 words)

50%

10

Theme 5: Pain management (Non-pharmacologtical)

e) Reflect on your own values and beliefs in relation to pain and discuss how this impacts on your skills in pain assessment and management for infants, children and adolescents

 

 

 

Theme 6: The future

 

 

 

 

 

*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.