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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Children with Complex Needs A
Module Code NS4035
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sara Raftery
Semester 2: Sara Raftery
Autumn: Sara Raftery
Module TeachersSara Raftery
Joy Conlon
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a critical understanding and critical knowledge base of the requirements of children with complex healthcare needs. The module also aims to develop and expand the skills and knowledge required to assess, plan and deliver evidence based care to the child with complex health care needs underpinned by A National Model of Care for Paediatric Healthcare services in Ireland and in partnership with the child, family and interdisciplinary team.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyse the role of the children's nurse in relation to the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care to children with complex healthcare needs underpinned by the National Model of Care for Paediatric Healthcare Services, within community and healthcare settings.
2. Critically appraise the application of holistic evidence based nursing care to children with complex healthcare needs and their family
3. Critically explore and examine the rationale for the delivery of holistic evidence based care to children with a variety of complex healthcare needs in a variety of healthcare environments in partnership with their family. settings.
4. Clearly demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the benefits of collaboratively working within an interdisciplinary team and the interpersonal skills to promote lifelong learning. commitment in children's nursing.
5. Critically explore the health education and health promotion needs of the child and their family and an awareness and appreciation of current and future advancements in information and communication technologies for children’s healthcare in Ireland, including health education.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30Core Subject Lectures
Group work5Group work related to learning outcomes
Workshop5workshop related to learning outcomes
Independent Study80Learning Related to Module Learning Outcomes
Fieldwork10Directed Learning directly linked to Module Learning Outcomes
Assignment Completion5No Description
Total Workload: 135

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 pathology processes and how they alter normal function and activities of the life of the child
The nature of disease and pathology processes and how they alter normal function and activities of the life of the child: Haematological disorders, Childhood Oncology, Death, Dying & Grieving, Childhood Chronic illness, Related Genetics, Health Promotion, Health Education and Community Care.

Child and family health education and community care
Primary Heath Care Education and Disease Prevention for the child and family within the community.

Child and Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Models of health promotion, haematological health promotion, health promotion and childhood oncology. The application of information and communications technology in healthcare, generally known as health informatics

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Assignment2,500 words100%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

  • Hockenberry, M. J.: 2019, Wongs Nursing Care of Infants and Children, 11th, Mosby, 978032354939
  • Ethel Trigg,Toby A. Mohammed: 2006, Practices in Children's Nursing, 2nd, Churchill Livingstone, 0443100225
  • Macqueen, S., Bruce, E., & Gibson, F: 2005, The Great Ormond Street Hospital Manual of Children's Nursing Practices, 1st, Wiley-Blackwell, 978-140510932
Other Resources

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

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