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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Care of Children with Renal disease
Module Code NS443
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tracey Harrington
Semester 2: Colleen O'Neill
Autumn: Colleen O'Neill
Module TeachersTracey Harrington
Yvonne Corcoran
Colleen O'Neill
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

To increase the theoretical knowledge base of students who care for children and their families with renal disease. To further the students practical knowledge and clinical skills in the nursing care and management of children and their families with renal disease.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate appropriate evidence based nursing care of children with acute, chronic and end stage renal disease in the healthcare setting and in the community.
2. Critically examine the patho-physiological process in relation to renal disease in childhood and relate to the delivery of nursing care
3. Explore the application of the pharmacological support and its delivery systems as utilised for the treatment of common renal disorders in childhood
4. Critically analyse the social, economic and psychological implications of a chronic illness on the child and family and the importance of family centered care in meeting the holistic needs of each child and their family.
5. Evaluate the role of the children s nurse in meeting the health promotion and education needs of the child with renal disease along the life continuum

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30content related to learning outcomes
Clinical laboratory4No Description
Clinical placement6placement on childrens renal unit
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

Indicative Syllabus
Anatomy and physiology of the renal system in the child. Aetiology and patho-physiology of renal disease in childhood. Nursing care of children with renal conditions. Medical and Surgical interventions in renal disease in childhood. Diagnosis of renal disorders including specialist investigations. Pharmacological interventions. Fluid & Electrolyte Balance, Acid-base regulation. Principles of dietary therapy in the management of renal disorders. Complications associated with renal disease in childhood. Family centred care.

Aetiology and pathophysiology of renal disease in childhood
Anatomy and physiology of the renal system specific to childhood. Medical and surgical interventions in childhood renal disease

Nursing care principles of children with childhood renal disease
Diagnostic interventions, pharmacological interventions. Fluid and electrolyte balance, Acid-base regulation, Principles of dietary management. Family centered care

Complications associated with renal disease in childhood.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentCase study70%
Short Answer Questionsn/a30%
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

  • Aver,E., Harmon, W., Niaudet, P.: 2008, Paediatric Nephrology, 5th Edition, Lippincott, New York,
  • Springhouse: 2006, Fluidsd and Electrolytes Made Incrediably Easy! A Pocket guide, 3rd edition, Springhouse, Pennsylvania,
  • Webb, N., Postlewaithe, R: 2003, Clinical Paediatric Nephrology, 3rd, Oxford University Press, New York,
  • Crawford, D. and Hickson, W.: 2002, An Introduction to Neonatal Nursing Care., 2nd edition, Care of Infants with Renal Disorders, Cheltenham: Nelson,
  • O Callaghan, C: 2006, Renal System at a Glance, 2nd Edition, Whiley;Blackwell, Oxford University Press,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SMPNSingle Module Programme (Nursing)
Date of Last Revision22-JUL-11

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