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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Children with Healthcare Needs 2
Module Code NS4033
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Colleen O'Neill
Semester 2: Colleen O'Neill
Autumn: Colleen O'Neill
Module TeachersColleen O'Neill
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 respiratory and neuorological function in community and healthcare settings.
2. Apply evidence based nursing care to children with altered respiratory and neurological function in community and healthcare settings.
3. Examine the rationale for the delivery of evidence based care to children with altered respiratory and neurological function in all healthcare settings.
4. Demonstrate a 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
Lecture28Core subject lectures
Directed learning5Students explore concepts relating to core topics
Directed learning22hour unseen examination.
Clinical laboratory4Demonstrations and practice sessions related to core topics
Tutorial2Tutorials related to core lectures and examination preparation
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

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

Anatomy and physiology
This section revisits the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and neurological system. It focuses particularly on the each system as the child grows and develops.

Evidenced based nursing interventions
Nursing assessment strategies, care planning, delivery techniques and evaluation of care provided to children and their family with a variety of health care needs. The Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) will be incorporated.

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 respiratory and neurological disorders.

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

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

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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: 2015, Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children, 10th, Mosby Elsevier, St. Louis, Missouri, 13-978-0-323-03963-5
  • Janet Kelsy & Gillian Mc Ewing: 2008, Clinical Skills in Child Health Practice, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, London, 978-0-443-10340-7
  • Margaret A.Chambers & Sue Jones: 2006, Surgical Nursing of Children, Elsevier, London, 10:0 7506 4807 4
  • edited by Sarah Neill and Helen Knowles: 2004, The biology of child health, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 978-0-333-77636-0
  • Imelda Coyne, Fiona Timmins, Freda Neill: 2010, Clinical Skills for Children's Nursing, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 978-0-19-955903-9
Other Resources

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

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