Introduction to Children's Nursing (Level 4)

Module summary

Module code: NURS1420
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Heather Shekede



This course will provide the student with the opportunity to:

Consider the role of the children's nurse, and the core principles underpinning contemporary children's nursing practice;
Review how changing constructs of childhood have contributed to the emergence of paediatric and child health services, and as a consequence, how health policy in the field has evolved and the implications of this for contemporary children's nursing practice;
Explore the factors that contribute to and adversely affect growth and development of the child from birth to adolescence and the role of the children's nurse in monitoring and promoting children's health and wellbeing;
Explore the debates about what constitutes 'family' and the implications of these debates when engaging families as partners in the care process.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully you will be able to:

1. Describe the role of the children's nurse, and the principles and values that underpin children's nursing practice.
2. Outline how contemporary constructs of children and childhood, adolescents and adolescence have emerged, where these are reflected in contemporary policy and legislation which governs child health & welfare and how this influences the provision of children's nursing practice.
3. Begin to recognise the factors that contribute to and adversely affect growth and development of the child from birth to adolescence and the role of the children's nurse in monitoring and promoting children's health and wellbeing.
4. Demonstrate awareness of the debates about the family and family life and consider the implications of these debates in relation to family centred care and partnership & collaborative working.

Indicative content

Changing concepts of children/childhood; History and evolution of children's nursing and child health care provision.
Philosophy of children's nursing - family centred care - working in partnership and collaborative working.
Theories of child development and nursing, embryology and foetal development, behavioural, social and cognitive development and speech and language development.
Genetic, environmental and socio-cultural factors affecting child and parental health & wellbeing.
Concepts and definitions of 'family'.
Family dynamics and abuse.
International and national contemporary policy and legislation including UN convention and Human rights Act, National Service Framework and Every Child Matters.
Global perspectives of health, impact of culture and diversity on health and care provision and models of transcultural care.
Assessment /screening of children's development, health & wellbeing.
Screening, surveillance and safeguarding.
Health promotion, including safety, diet , immunisation and vaccinations, injury and illness prevention.
Communication with children, young people and their families including use of play and distraction techniques.
Working in partnership with families and other health and social care professionals.
Documentation and record keeping.
Medication management.
Confidentially and information management.
Exploration of:
The values underpinning children's nursing practice, including own and societal attitudes towards children and young people.
Nurses attitudes towards parents and parenting.
'Good' and 'Bad' patients.
Rights of children, including right to safety, to enjoy life and reach their potential, and to receive compassionate care.
Developing self awareness - recognising the importance of family to the developing child; adopting a flexible approach based on the family their composition and needs.
Develop professional attitudes in relation to multi agency and inter professional working.
Professional, legal and ethical context for children's nursing.
Diversity and cultural awareness.

Teaching and learning activity

Keynote lectures and skills sessions will be delivered to students across both undergraduate and postgraduate children's nursing programmes.
Group work including EBL and student presentations.
Self-directed learning activities, including workbook and Web-based activities.
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.

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours)

Contact Hours: 60:
lectures 20 hours
seminars 20 hours
practical sessions 20 hours
Private Study 120 hours
Assignments: course work and other forms of assessment:
coursework 120 hours
laboratory work


Graded workbook - numerically graded - 100% weighting. A graded workbook which will assess the student's knowledge in demonstrating an understanding of normal childhood development, the role of the children's nurse, underpinning philosophies, theories and policies related to children's nursing and working collaboratively when providing care for children and their family.
Pass mark - 40%

Assessment of Practice - Pass/Fail
Practice Assessment Document (PAD) - Semester 2

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