Nursing Children and Young People with Minor Illness/Injury (Level 5)

Module summary

Module code: NURS1422
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Health Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Diane Norton



This course aims to provide the student with opportunities to:

• Determine the causative factors resulting in minor illness and injury in childhood.

• Examine the factors that nurses need to consider when undertaking an assessment of a child presenting with a minor injury or illness.

• Explore the principles of care associated with nursing children with minor injury and illness and the evidence base for nursing interventions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Discuss the causes of minor illness and injury in childhood determining their implications for health promotion strategies.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the altered pathology and socio-cultural determinants of minor injury and illness in childhood and use this knowledge to inform the nursing assessment and ensuing plan of care for children presenting with a minor injury or illness.

3. Use data/information arising from the assessment process to formulate appropriate clinical decisions which are acceptable to children and their families.

4. Demonstrate competence in the delivery of nursing care and in medication management to children presenting with minor injuries and illness.

Indicative content


Attitudes and barriers towards family centred care, partnership working and collaboration.
The effects of hospitalization/attendance at hospital on the child, young person and their family and the nurse’s role in promoting positive experience and advocating for the child/young person.


Altered anatomy (trauma) and pathology/physiology (illness).
Epidemiology & modes of transmission of commonly acquired infections.
Immunity and immune response: immunizations programmes.
Altered physiology, presentation and assessment of infection.
Febrile convulsions and therapeutic management of fever.
Mode of action and contra-indications of commonly used medicines.
Accidental versus non-accidental injury.
Neglect versus failure to thrive.


Assessment of skills in the presence of minor illness/injury, including triage systems and documentation.
Administration of oxygen.
Maintaining hydration and fluid balance.
Communication and negotiation skills to enable partnership working with children, young people and families.
Play as diversion therapy, Strategies for supporting children and families through invasive procedures.
Assessment and management of the deteriorating child to include ABCDE assessment, basic life support, Oxygen therapy, nutrition needs, including naso-gastric tube/ wound care and closure, immobilization and management of minor trauma, swelling and soft tissue injury.
Delivery of oral, topical and inhaled medications and topical applications.
Principles and practices of medicines management in children and young people.

Teaching and learning activity

Group Activity
Practice based learning


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 single station OSCE requiring the student to demonstrate skills in the undertaking of a triage assessment of a child and analysis of the data obtained. This to include drug calculation and administration.