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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Provision of care for children - complex need
Module Code NS4801
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
Student will be given opportunity to resit assignment at next available opportunity.

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. 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.
2. Apply evidence based nursing care to children with complex healthcare needs in the community and 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.
4. Explore psychological and psychosocial 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
Lecture25No Description
Tutorial2No Description
Independent Study93No Description
Directed learning3No Description
Assignment Completion2In class assessments
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 the skin and cardiac system and on metabolism will be explored. This will include 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 provided to children and their families with a variety of complex healthcare needs will be examined.

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.

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 1,500 words70%
ParticipationIn class assessments - multiple choice and short question format30%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

  • Marilyn J Hockenberry & David Wilson: 2018, Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children, 11th edition, Mosby Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri, 13-978-0-323-03963-5
  • Ian Peate & Elizabeth Gormley Fleming: 2015, Fundamentals of Children's Anatomy & Physiology: A Textbook for Nursing & Healthcare Professionals, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BNCGBSc in Children's & General Nursing
Date of Last Revision01-JUN-10

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