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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Children's Nursing
Module Code NS426
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Carol Barron
Semester 2: Carol Barron
Autumn: Carol Barron
Module TeachersCarol Barron
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
The student will resubmit the assignment at the next available opportunity in the academic calendar.

Drawing on students' previous theoretical knowledge and clinical experiences, this module explores the philosophical and theoretical foundations of children's nursing and its application in practice. The module will also enable the student to identify the needs of the child and their family and to develop clinical skills deemed essential for competent nursing care. Students will also examine national and international polices and strategies as they relate to the child health and children's rights

Learning Outcomes

1. Critique historical and contemporary factors that influence the development of the role of the children's nurse in health care and community settings.
2. Evaluate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to deliver a child focused and family centered approach to care within a variety of healthcare settings.
3. Examine current national and international policies and initiatives surrounding child safety, protection and welfare.
4. Develop an understanding and knowledge base about normal child development

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30Core lecture subjects
Clinical laboratory6Demonstrations and practice sessions related to core topics.
Independent Study89No 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

Role of the Children's Nurse
Exploration of the evolution and development of the role of the children's nurse in various healthcare settings, including the community.

Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Children's Nursing Practice
Children's nursing models, child focused and family centred approches.

National and International Healthcare Policies
The context of children's nursing within current health care provision both nationally and internationally. Analysis of the changing demographic trends in child healthcare from hospital based care to community based care.

Effects of Illness and Hospitalisation
Impact of illness, disability and hospitalisation for children and families. Nursing assessment strategies, care planning and delivery techniques and evaluation of care.

Child Development
Developmental milestones, psychosocial, emotional, cognitive, moral and language development throughout the lifespan.

Play and Education
Importance of play and education as a developmental and therapeutic activity.

Develop age appropriate interpersonal, cross cultural communication techniques and skills essential for therapeutic relationships with children and their families.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Essay2,500 word written assignment exploring family centred care an/ or relevant current national and international policies.100%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

  • Lynda Smith (Editor), Valerie Coleman (Editor): 2009, Child and Family-centred Healthcare, 2nd, Palgrave Macillian, 978-0-230-20596-3
  • Marilyn J. Hockenberry & Cheryl C Rodgers & David Wilson: 2016, Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing,, 10th Edition, Elsevier, New York,
  • Eileen McPartland: 2021, Understanding Children's Rights in Ireland, 9781838413422
  • Ursula Kilkelly: 2016, Children's Rights in Ireland. Law , Policy and Practice, Bloomsbury Publishing,
  • Elizabeth Anne Bruce, Janet Williss, Faith Gibson: 2023, The Great Ormond Street Hospital Manual of Children and Young People's Nursing Practices, 2nd Edition, Wiley, Blackwell,
  • John W. Santrock, Kirby D Santrock, John W., Deater-Deckard, Kirby D., Lansford, Jennifer E.,: 2021, Child Development,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
PRCNHigher Diploma in Children's Nursing
Date of Last Revision17-JUL-09

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