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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Children with Healthcare Needs 1
Module Code NS4032
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Joy Conlon
Semester 2: Joy Conlon
Autumn: Joy Conlon
Module TeachersJoy Conlon
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
A student will have the opportunity to repeat the unseen examation which is designed to assess learning outcomes of the module at the next available oportunity which is approximatly 1 calendar year from the first sitting.

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the nursing care of children with a variety of common childhood illnesses. In this module the students will draw on previous theoretical knowledge and clinical experiences. They will acquire knowledge and skills based on current evidence based nursing practice to care for children with a variety of health care needs. Students are expected to attend lectures, practical demonstrations and contribute to tutorials.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the role of the children's nurse in relation to the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care to children with altered gastrointestinal and ENT function in community and healthcare settings.
2. Apply evidence based nursing care to children with altered gastrointestinal and ENT function in community and healthcare settings.
3. Examine the rationale for the delivery of evidence-based care to children with altered gastrointestinal and ENT function in all healthcare settings and within the context of the national model of child healthcare.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of collaborative working and decision making within an interdisciplinary team.
5. Evaluate the role of the children's nurse in meeting the health promotion and education needs of children and their families in community and healthcare settings.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30Core subject lectures
Directed learning5Students explore concepts relating to core topics
Clinical laboratory2Demonstrations and practice sessions related to core topics
Tutorial2Tutorials related to core lectures and examination preparation
Directed learning22 hour unseen examination.
Independent Study84Student learning relating to core topics inorder to achieve learning outcomes
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Anatomy and physiology
This section revisits the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system and ear, nose and throat (ENT). It focuses particularly on the each system as the child grows and develops.

The nature of disease and pathological process
The effect of disease and pathology on the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal system and ENT will be explored. This will include the physiological, social and psychological aspects of illness.

Evidenced-based nursing interventions
Nursing assessment strategies, care planning, delivery techniques and evaluation of care, underpinned by ethical principles, provided to children and their families with a variety of health care needs. This includes using the Paediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) and following national guidelines on sepsis management.

Pharmacological interventions
Principles of pharmacological interventions will be explored to include the mechanisms of action in relation to drugs used most frequently in management of gastrointestinal and ENT disorders.

Pain assessment and management
Students will explore pain assessment and management strategies.

Age appropriate, cross cultural communication techniques and skills will be developed.

Complementary and alternative therapies
The uses and benefits of complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of children with altered gastrointestinal and ENT function will be considered.

Health education and promotion
Health promotion and health education as applied to children with altered gastrointestinal and ENT function will be examined.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentWritten essay100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Marilyn J. Hockenberry & David Wilson: 2018, Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children, 11th, Mosby Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri, 13-978-0-323-03963-5
  • Ian Peate & Elizabeth Gormley Fleming: 2015, Fundamentals of Children's Anatomy and Physiology: A Textbook for Nursing and Healthcare Students, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
PRCNHigher Diploma in Children's Nursing

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