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
PG Single Unit of Study
JANUARY, APRIL, JULY, OCTOBER
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:-
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: 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
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)
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)
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)
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
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Units commencing in 2018
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