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Unit description

Develops knowledge of the principles of paediatric nursing stretching from pre-conception, pregnancy, birth and across the newborn, infant, child and adolescent life stages.  Exploring the complex bio-psycho-social factors impacting childhood development; the anatomical and pathophysiological complexities of the paediatric patient at their respective life stages, and understanding their application within child-centred and family-embracing practice.  Students develop their critical thinking skills to assess and problem-solve foundational paediatric scenarios in the clinical laboratories

Unit content

  1. Fertility, conception, pregnancy, birth and newborn care
  2. The infant and childhood
  3. The sick child and family-centred nursing
  4. The critically unwell child
  5. Neurodiversity and a strengths-based approach to nursing children and young people
  6. The adolescent patient

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate safe oral and IV medication administration for paediatric patients including accurate medication dosage calculations
2articulate the physiological and anatomical differences between children and adults and their consequent pathophysiological implications on common paediatric clinical presentations.
3discuss cognitive and developmental milestones which affect children from the neonatal period to adolescence, and the associated clinical manifestations
4demonstrate critical thinking, assessment and communication with the paediatric patient within a child and family-centred nursing paradigm

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate safe oral and IV medication administration for paediatric patients including accurate medication dosage calculations
  2. articulate the physiological and anatomical differences between children and adults and their consequent pathophysiological implications on common paediatric clinical presentations.
  3. discuss cognitive and developmental milestones which affect children from the neonatal period to adolescence, and the associated clinical manifestations
  4. demonstrate critical thinking, assessment and communication with the paediatric patient within a child and family-centred nursing paradigm

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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