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Professional issues in paediatric nursing

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This unit of study is designed to introduce paediatric nurses to the professional issues faced within contemporary paediatric nursing practice. Examples of such issues include: professional roles, advanced practice, competency standards, critical thinking and reflection, evidence based practice and nursing research, leadership, initiating change in the workplace, cultural competence and ethical practice. The aim of the unit of study is to facilitate the personal and professional growth of nurses by promoting new ways of thinking and learning, developing teaching and mentoring abilities, enhancing communication skills, and exploring their potential for leadership and practice development within the workplace. At the completion of this unit of study it is hoped that the nurse will have a better knowledge of the tools available to continue to develop nursing leadership skills for example through the development of mentorship relationships and the use of critical reflection on practice.

Professional issues in paediatric nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 1

Prescribed texts: Nil

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 to professional practice

a) Examine the professional issues affecting contemporary paediatric nurses, and discuss their role in the changing healthcare system

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 3



Theme 2: Thinking, teaching and learning

b) Integrate new ways of thinking and learning into professional practice and development, modelling an attitude of lifelong learning

Assessment 2 Research question and abstract (1500 words)



Theme 3: Research and inquiry

c) Contribute to the advancement of paediatric nursing by participating in evidence-based practice, nursing research and the expansion of the body of nursing knowledge

Assessment 3 Literature review (2500 words)



Theme 4: Leadership, communication and change

d) Develop advanced leadership and communication skills to facilitate a culture of practice development and knowledge sharing in the workplace




Theme 5: Legal, ethical and cultural issues in paediatric nursing

e) Explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues that affect children and their families across the spectrum of paediatric healthcare




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.