CN0403 - Introduction to Childrens Nursing

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will prepare and support your transition to both university and the placement environment. Your children’s nursing learning takes place in both the university and practice settings, and while on placement, you will experience working alongside a range of health professionals.This module will introduce you to both the well and sick child and prepare you to work with children, young people and families in both community and hospital settings.

You will be introduced to academic study skills and supported in developing your academic writing style in this module. Research evidence will be used to support your knowledge development and help apply it to your nursing practice, establishing life long learning attributes.

The concepts of childhood, children’s nursing and the importance of family centred care will be explored in the module. You will learn about the theoretical knowledge of the physical and psychosocial aspects of healthy child development and factors influencing families and parenting. You will examine the concept of family and the role of the family on healthy growth and development. The module precedes your first practice placement and runs alongside the ‘Exploring Professional Identity’ and ‘Children’s Nursing Practice’ modules. Having studied key skills required for the assessment of children and young people’s health in the university setting, you will then have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in the practice setting, and you will gain knowledge of physiological norms.

How will I learn on this module?

Lecturers from the Children’s Nursing Teaching Team will support your learning in this module and this will include use of the electronic learning platform (eLP). There will be lectures introducing key concepts and they will be in the form of face to face and electronic teaching sessions. Seminars are also a feature of how you learn and are focused around enquiry based student learning. Practical sessions will take place in the clinical skills centre, utilising realistic technical equipment for skills’ development. You will be encouraged to further enhance your education by engaging with your peers in learning through student group seminar presentations, by reflection and also through independent learning. Active student participation will be facilitated by nursing lecturers and learning from peers is encouraged. There is an expectation, that as adult learners, you will be eager to learn, motivated to study and address your learning needs through reflection on your academic progress initially using formative (unmarked) education strategies.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be given access to workbooks which include directed learning activities aimed at knowledge development, whilst assisting your writing and literature searching skills. Your module assessment will be in the form of an essay. This will be assessed formatively first (unmarked), and detailed feedback will be provided in preparation for submission of your summative (marked) essay. The module teaching team will be available for tutorial support.

You will have access to the full range of student administration and support services offered by Northumbria University which includes IT, library and learning support outlined fully in the programme handbook

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1.You will develop knowledge and understanding of the concepts of childhood, principles underpinning children’s nursing and the value of service user, parent/carer involvement.(MLO1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2.You will develop skills in academic writing. (MLO2)

3.You will develop the ability to assess children and young people’s health.(ML03)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4.Develop curiosity and critical thinking.(MLO4)
5.Appreciate the concept of collaborative working. (ML05).

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Formative assessment will be a 1000 word essay focusing on child health and collaborative working. Written feedback will be given by the module team, with an expectation that this will inform the summative assessment. (This will assess MLO 1,2, 3, 4 and 5)

Summative assessment:
The summative assessment for this module will be a 2000 word essay related to the outcomes of the module. In this module there is a weighting criteria for marks relating to MLO2 and 4.
• Discuss the importance of assessment in children and young people’s nursing.(MLO1).
• Describe an assessment tool and the evidence base underpinning this.(MLO3).
• Explore how collaborative working contributes to assessment. (MLO5).

You will receive written feedback following your summative assessment, which will indicate the mark awarded for the module and areas for future development.





Module abstract

This module will prepare and support your transition to both university and the clinical environment. This is the start of your children’s nursing journey, developing as a professional and establishing life long learning attributes. Research informed knowledge will prepare you to care for children and families within their normal environment. You will be exploring key themes including nutrition, growth, child protection, health promotion, psychsocial development as well as common childhood ailments. Teaching will be underpinned by contemporary evidence based theory, delivered through e-lectures, simulation and face to face classroom activity led by children’s nursing lecturers. Following effective formative (unmarked) feedback on an essay your individual learning needs will be addressed. Reflection on progress will be encouraged and your knowledge and academic writing skills will then be summatively assessed. Knowledge and skills gained from this module and subsequent placements will equip you for further academic study and future employablity in the health care setting.

Course info

UCAS Code B701

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks and 4 days per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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