Nursing the Acutely Ill or Injured Child (Level 6)

Module summary

Module code: NURS1429
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Lee Jagodzinski



This course will provide the student with the opportunity to:

Review the predisposing factors to acute illness and trauma in infants children and young people, and determine their significance in respect of presentation, interventions and outcome;
Examine the principles underpinning the assessment and management of care for the acutely ill child;
Review the evidence base of interventions for children and young people with acute health care needs determining their acceptability to children and young people as service users;
Within the framework of multi-professional working, review the role of the children's nurse in meeting the needs of the acutely child.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Provide an analysis of the factors that predispose children and young people to acute illness and trauma drawing on this to inform nursing assessment and interventions.
1. Investigate the significance of normal and altered anatomical and physiological processes in the presentation of acute illness and trauma and how these influence decisions surrounding care and treatment
2. Undertake a structured assessment of the acutely ill/injured child, plan, deliver and evaluate care within the context of professional, legal and ethical frameworks.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the evidence base for interventions that underpin the nursing care of the acutely ill or injured child/young person, demonstrating competence in their execution.

Indicative content

Parental presence and participation in care and in resuscitation.
Alcohol and drug misuse in young people.
Violence and aggression.
Altered anatomy and physiology in relation to acute illness and injury.
Predisposing factors to prematurity of the newborn.
Possible complications/conditions/illness due to prematurity.
Environmental, socio-economic and cultural factors that contribute to acute illness.
Review of evidence base, protocols and guidelines related to the acutely ill child.
Policies and practices for the administration of medicines in the acutely ill and injured child/young person.
Consent and withdrawal of treatment for the child or young person.
Pain assessment & management in the acutely ill child.
Collaboration and multi agency/ inter professional working when a child/young person is acutely ill.
Use of frameworks for assessment of acutely ill and injured child/young person.
Skills for professional practice – i.e. airway management, suctioning, cardiac monitoring pulse oximetery, first aid and wound care.
Skills for medication management & drug administration; fluid calculation and replacement therapy, including complex calculations.
Pre/post operative care in the presence of acute injury.
Assessment and management of the child/young person in relation to safeguarding in the presence of acute illness or trauma.
Negotiation and advocacy skills.

Teaching and learning activity

Group activities
Patient scenarios
Demonstration, skills rehearsal and practice
Practice based learning
Self-directed learning activities
Self evaluation and quizzes
Learning in Practice will involve the student in applying their knowledge and skills to the care of acutely ill or injured children or young people


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: OSCE.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning Practice: OSCE.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1,2,3,4.
Grading Mode - numeric.
Weighting: 100%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: N/A.
Outline Details: A 45 minute OSCE requiring the student to demonstrate skills in the assessment and management of the acutely ill child from which appropriate interventions are identified, critically discussed and where appropriate demonstrated.