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Principles of acute paediatric nursing

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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 using a body systems approach, with case vignettes used to link theory to practice. A family centred and interdisciplinary approach feature in holistic management strategies, and students are challenged to critique their nursing practice against contemporary research and industry endorsed clinical practice guidelines. This unit of study helps prepare paediatric nurses for leadership by encouraging critical thinking, reflection, and a strong evidence based practice philosophy.

Principles of acute paediatric nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 1

Recommended text:

Hockenberry, MJ & Wilson, D 2011, Wong’s Nursing care of infants and children, 9th edn, Mosby Elsevier, Missouri.

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: Introduction

a) Integrate the concepts of family-centred care through collaborative partnerships between the sick infant, child or adolescent, their family and the health care team

Assessment 1 Online discussions  x 4



Theme 2: Febrile illness & Sepsis

b) Discuss 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 patient deterioration

Assessment 2 Short essays (1500 words)



Theme 3: Fluid & Electrolyte Disorders

c) Develop advanced clinical decision-making skills related to the acute care of infants, children and adolescents by synthesising physical assessment findings and the pathophysiology related to their condition

Assessment 3a Concept map




Theme 4: Respiratory disorders

d) Implement clinical management strategies that have been evaluated against available evidence,  and/or industry endorsed clinical practice guidelines

Assessment 3b Short essays (2000 words)



Theme 5: Cardiovascular disorders

e) Critically reflect on your own values and beliefs in relation to family, culture and ethnicity when assessing and planning the holistic care of acutely ill infants, children and adolescents




Theme 6: Neurological disorders





Theme 7: Metabolic disorders





Theme 8: Renal & Genitourinary disorders





Theme 9: Stabilisation & Transport





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.