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Archived Version 2017 - 2018

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module builds on NS281 (Children's Nursing 2) and introduces the student to the nursing care of children with acute and chronic critical care needs. The focus of the module is on complex gastrointestinal and respiratory medical and surgical conditions and on the high risk neonate. There is emphasis on assistive technology.

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 acute and chronic medical and surgical needs in a variety of healthcare settings.
2. With reference to complex chronic illness in childhood discuss the psychosocial and quality of life issues for the child and family.
3. Explore the impact of technology dependence in childhood
4. Identify the information and education needs of children and their families to enable them to manage the effects of complex chronic illness
5. Apply evidence based nursing care to children with chronic complex nursing needs in a variety of healthcare settings.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Group work30Problem Based Learning tutorials
Clinical laboratory10Demonstrations and clinical skills practicals
Independent Study190No Description
Total Workload: 230

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
The effect of disease and pathology on the normal functioning of the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems will be explored. This will include the physiological, social and psychological aspects of complex chronic childhood illness and disability. Common neonatal disorders such as thermoregulation, hypoglycaemia, physiological jaundice and respiratory distress syndrome will be addressed.

Evidence based nursing interventions
Nursing assessment strategies, care planning, care delivery techniques and evaluation of care provided to children and their families with a variety of complex respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions 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 complex respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions.

Health education and promotion
Health education and promotion as applied to children with complex respiratory and gastrointestinal needs will be explored. The importance of optimising psychosocial wellbeing will be emphasised.

The use of technology in children's nursing
Assistive technology and technology dependence in childhood.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Marilyn J Hockenberry & David Wilson: 2007, Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children, 8th edition, Elsevier, 13-978-0-323-03963-5
  • Imelda Coyne, Fiona Timmins, Freda Neill: 2010, Clinical Skills for Children's Nursing, Oxford Univerisity Press, Oxford, 978-0-19-955903-9
  • Glenys Boxwell: 2010, Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, 2nd edition, Routledge, New York, 978-0-415-47755-0
  • Margaret A. Chambers, Sue Jones: 2007, Surgical nursing of children, Butterworth-Heinemann, Edinburgh, 978-0-7506-4807-3
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