Meeting the Specific Healthcare Needs of Young People (Level 5)

Module summary

Module code: NURS1424
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Amanda Collins-Eade



Explore the concept of adolescence as a specific life stage and how this impacts on the health and wellbeing of young people;
Examine the specific needs of young people and the extent to which current service provision meets their needs;
Consider the role of the children nurse in ensuring that young people are treated as a discrete client group with specific and individual needs.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Begin to analyse adolescence as a construct and in so doing identify the physiological, psychological, developmental and social factors that result in ill health in adolescence.
2. Discuss recommendations from research, policy and practice guidelines, and the extent to which the services and care provided to young people is congruent with the recommendations arising from these sources.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the children's nurse in advocating for young people thereby ensuring that their specific needs are recognised and met.
4. Apply professional, legal and ethical frameworks as appropriate to this particular age-group when conducting nursing assessments and in the planning and delivery of care.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of the indicators of altered emotional and mental wellbeing in young people and employ communication skills which are sensitive to their needs and which facilitate the young person's involvement in decisions made about their care.
6. Reflect on own values in relation to young people their behaviours and lifestyle and how these impinge on your own practice.

Indicative content


Insight into own values, attitudes and beliefs;
Ethical mindfulness and awareness of consent and capacity;
Appreciation of equality, fair access, diversity and culture;
Awareness of stigma and recognition of the need for social inclusion and empowerment;
Attitudes towards suicide and self-harm;
Teenage pregnancy/young parenthood.

Young people and adolescents as a social construct, discrete client group, culture, youth group.
Health and wellbeing in relation to:
Sexual health to include: STI's; Pregnancy; abortion;
Mental health to include: depression; self harm; alcohol & substance misuse; eating disorders;
Abuse and exploitation;
Long term and life limiting conditions.

Emotional and Psychological Wellbeing in relation to:
Maintaining identity development in young people;
Young people and risk, coping strategies/resilience;
Effects of hospitalisation specific to young people;
Impact of illness on young people.

Socialisation in young people and the impact of:
Long term health problems;
Hospitalisation and belonging to a social group;
Hospitalisation and illness and maintaining adolescence as a culture;

Government policies and guidelines specific to young people;
Fraser Guidelines; principles of assent and consent.

Developing skills including:
Therapeutic Interpersonal skills for young people;
Assessment and care planning skills, including the use of assessment tools, assessment of risk and the evidence base for interventions;
Specific assessment skills for suicide and self harm;
Comprehensive medication management, using a collaborative and educative approach;
Maintaining confidentiality, documentation and data protection.

Teaching and learning activity

Keynote lectures and skills sessions will be delivered to students across both undergraduate and postgraduate children's nursing programmes.

Methods include:
debate, lectures, quizzes and tutorials for information giving and student support.
Learning activities will include interaction with a range of stimuli including:
text based materials;
web based learning environments;
discussion with peers and lecturers.
The VLE (Moodle) will be used as a platform for on-line activities, guided and independent reading to facilitate the development of evidence based knowledge.
Learning in Practice will involve the student in applying their knowledge and skills to the care of children, young people and their families across secondary, primary and community care settings including sexual health and mental health services.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Contact Hours:
lectures 10 hours
seminars 40 hours
practical sessions 10 hours
Private Study 120 hours
Assignments: course work and other forms of assessment:
coursework 120 hours
laboratory work


Essay - 100%
3000 words.
Drawing on practice placement experiences, students will select an aspect of adolescent health e.g. LTC, sexual health or mental health and will be required to examine why this aspect of health presents particular challenges to young people, an analysis of service provision (as appropriate to the aspect selected) and the contribution of the children's nurse in caring for and supporting young people (as appropriate to the aspect selected)
Pass mark - 40%

Practice Assessment - Pass/Fail
Practice Assessment Document (PAD) - Semester 5

Students must pass all elements of assessment to pass the course.