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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Children with Complex Healthcare Needs C
Module Code NS4037
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fiona Hurley
Semester 2: Fiona Hurley
Autumn: Fiona Hurley
Module TeachersFiona Hurley
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to the nursing care of children with complex healthcare needs. In this module, students will develop knowledge and skills based on current evidence-based nursing practice to care for children with altered cardiac, metabolic and integumentary function. Students are expected to attend lectures, tutorials and engage in group work and directed study.

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply evidence-based nursing care to children with complex healthcare needs in the community and healthcare settings and within the context of the national model of child healthcare.
2. 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 in a variety of healthcare settings.
3. Examine the rationale for the delivery of evidence-based care to children with a variety of complex healthcare needs in all healthcare settings and within the context of the national model of child healthcare.
4. Explore psychological, psychosocial, social and ethical issues that influence the management of care from a personal, professional and cultural practice perspective.
5. Discuss quality of life issues for the child and family.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Core subject lectures.
Tutorial2Tutorials relating to core lectures topics and assignment preparation.
Directed learning6Students explore concepts relating to the core topics.
Independent Study93Student learning related to core topics in order 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 skin and cardiac system. It focuses on developmental anatomy and physiology as applied to topics in this module. Normal metabolism will be reviewed.

The nature of disease and pathology
The effect of disease and pathology on the normal functioning of the skin and cardiac system and on metabolism will be explored. This includes the physiological, social and psychological aspects of illness and disability.

Evidence-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 complex healthcare needs will be examined.

Pharmacological/Non-pharmacological interventions
Principles of pharmacological interventions will be explored to include the mechanisms of action in relation to drugs most frequently used in the management of cardiac dysfunction, metabolic dysfunction, and skin disorders. Awareness of complementary therapies for children with altered health.

Health education and promotion
Health education and promotion as applied to children with complex healthcare needs will be explored

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentWritten assessment 2,000 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

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

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

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