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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Evidence Based Practice/Children's Nursing B
Module Code NS4038
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Yvonne Corcoran
Semester 2: Yvonne Corcoran
Autumn: Yvonne Corcoran
Module TeachersYvonne Corcoran
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
written assignment incorporating the learning outcomes of the module

This module aims to foster students knowledge of the process and application of evidence based practice and its utilisation in children's nursing. Students will develop a critical understanding of the care of children with ongoing healthcare needs in a variety of settings and the application of evidence based practice to support their care

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop an understanding and application of evidence based practice in children's nursing
2. Demonstrate how to apply and reflect on current evidence based practice in relation to the child/adolescent and their family with altered renal and endocrine function and the child/young person with mental health conditions across a range of child healthcare settings
3. Analyse the current and evolving role of the children's nurse in relation to the provision of care for child/adolescent and their families with altered genitourinary, endocrine and MH conditions in line with the National Model of Child Healthcare and care closer to home.
4. Develop a comprehensive understanding of collaborative working and decision making as part of an inter-disciplinary team

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30No Description
Tutorial10assignment preparation
Independent Study85No Description
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

Evidence Based Practice
Explore and appraise the principles, process and application of evidence based practice to support and advance the care of children with ongoing healthcare needs.

The nature of disease and the pathophysiology in the child with ongoing healthcare needs
Explore the anatomy and physiology of the genitourinary and endocrine systems in the child as they grow and develop. The effect of acute and chronic disease and the pathophysiology of the genitourinary and endocrine systems in childhood. Physiological, psychosocial and psychological aspects of disease to include renal, endocrine and mental health conditions in childhood and adolescents.

Pharmacological interventions
Principles of pharmacological interventions used most commonly for the child with renal and endocrine disease.

Child and Adolescent mental health
Explore the most common meantal health conditions in childhood and adolescents to include depression, eating disorders, self- harm and anxiety. The role of the children's nurse in supporting and caring for the child/adolescent, as part of an inter-disciplinary team, caring for the child in the acute and community setting. Approaches and interventions for the child/adolescent with MH conditions and their family

Principles of Children's nursing
Current approaches to the care of the child with ongoing healthcare needs to include health promotion, education in all healthcare settings. Nursing assessment, care planning, delivery of care and evaluation of care for the child with ongoing healthcare needs including PEWS and nursing infomatics

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Written Examn/a100%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

  • McAlinden, O., Price, J.: 2018, Essentials of nursing children and young people, Sage, Los Angeles, 9781496377258
  • MacQueen, S., Bruce, E.A., Gibson, F.: 2012, The Great Ormond Street Hospital manual of Children's Nursinf, Wiley and sons, UK,
  • Corkin, D., Clarke, S., Liggett, L.: 2012, Care Planning in Children and Young People's Nursing, 9, Wiley-Blackwell, UK, 978-1-4051-99
  • Moule, P., Hek, G.: 2011, Making sense of research:an introduction for health and social care practitioners, 4th, Sage, London, 978-1-84920-7
  • McGraw-Hill: 2017, A Beginner's Guide to Evidence Based Practice, 3rd, Open University Press, USA, 978-0-33-5236
Other Resources

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

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