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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Children with Complex Needs B
Module Code NS4036
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Siobhan MacDermott
Semester 2: Siobhan MacDermott
Autumn: Siobhan MacDermott
Module TeachersSiobhan MacDermott
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Repeat written assignment

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, in partnership with the child, family and interdisciplinary team.

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 healthcare needs in community and healthcare settings.
2. Examine the rationale for the delivery of evidence based care to children with a variety of healthcare needs in all healthcare settings.
3. Appraise the application of evidence based nursing care to children with healthcare needs
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of collaborative working within an interdisciplinary team.
5. Explore the health education and health promotion needs of the child.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30Core subjects
Group work5Groupwork related to learning outcomes
Directed learning10Directed learning related to learning outcomes
Independent Study80No 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

The nature of disease and pathology processes
The nature of disease and pathology processes and how they alter normal function and activities of living of the child Musculoskeletal disorders, Childhood Disability, Childhood Chronic illness, Neonatal care, Related Genetics, Health Promotion, Health Education and Community Care

Child and family health education and community care
Health education and disease prevention. Care of child and family within the community.

Child and family health promotion
Models of health promotion, accident prevention, obesity prevention and management, sepsis management, the application of information and communications technology in healthcare, now generally known as health informatics.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Written Exam2,500 word written assignment100%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 Ed.,, Mosby, London, 978032354939
  • Ethel Trigg,Toby A. Mohammed,Sally Huband: 2006, Practices in Children's Nursing, Elsevier Health Sciences, 0443100225]
  • Macqueen, S., Bruce, E., & Gibson, F: 2012, 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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