CN0406 - Essentials of Children and Young People's Health and Illness

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will increase your knowledge around the care of the child in the community, and of the acutely ill child in hospital. The care of those who are experiencing psychological health issues will also be explored, and consideration given to the context of care delivery for those children and young people. Having been introduced to various nursing assessment frameworks in the introductory module, you will learn to assess and plan care for children and young people with a range of physical and mental health issues. You will be given the opportunity to develop your understanding of the physiology relevant to the care of these children and explore monitoring and multidisciplinary management with a focus on early recognition of problems. With academic support from the lecturers in the children’s nursing teaching team, your skills for safe and effective delivery of care will be developed through the exploration and examination of key themes and issues around becoming a safe and effective children’s nurse.

How will I learn on this module?

The focus is on making your learning relevant to practice. The learning and teaching strategies have been designed to help you learn through case based instruction; you will be applying learned theories and skills to realistic case scenarios. The case scenarios will provide you with a process of participatory learning to facilitate peer discussion and reflective learning. You will also be exposed to the professional knowledge and skills essential to patient safety and well-being, through simulation and skills rehearsal. You will be expected to take a more active role in your education. There will be opportunities to undertake self-directed learning within small peer groups, retrieve research informed material to achieve set learning goals, and subsequently share this learning with those in the class group. E learning and flexible teaching delivery will be a feature of this module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lecturers are dynamic, supportive, challenging and knowledgeable and they will work in partnership with you to develop your evidence base for nursing. You will be allocated a module tutor who will provide support for academic work. Supported by your peers, you will be encouraged to work in partnership to enhance your learning, sharing research when working on subject content. You will always have on going academic support from teaching staff and from library services, as well as opportunities to use the clinical skills centre for practicing skills.

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:
• Develop knowledge and understanding of key biological and psycho-social aspects of health and illness.(MLO1)
• Develop a knowledge base around specific conditions and understand how to care for those with the conditions and their families.(MLO2)
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Demonstrate safe clinical nursing skills relating to the holistic health needs of children and young people. (MLO3)
• Develop theoretical knowledge underpinning fundamental skills in care planning for children, young people and families.(MLO4)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• All students will practice in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct and will demonstrate commitment to the 6Cs (care, compassion, communication, commitment, courage and competence).(MLO5).

How will I be assessed?

Informal formative feedback will be provided opportunisitically throughout the module. The summative (marked) assessment will be in the form of a 2000 word essay. Marked work will be returned to you within a specificed timeframe,and written feedback will be provided including your mark and suggested areas for any future academic development.

The summative assessment asks you to explore the escalation of care when deterioration occurs in a young patient/servise user. Drawing on experience from placement you will be expected to;
• Demonstrate knowledge of an identified condition in childhood/ adolescence. (MLO1, MLO2)
• Identify skills required in the safe interpreting of signs, symptoms, and signals of deterioration in children and/or young people’s holistic health. (MLO3)
• Discuss the appropriate safe and effective approach and skills used around escalating care, and subsequent care planning in the particular case. (MLO4, MLO5).





Module abstract

In this module - Essentials of Children’s and Young People’s Health and Illness, you will be supported by enthusiastic staff, in a research rich learning environment. You will make connections between research informed concepts of care, and skills required for actual care delivery to children and young people, in the practice placement setting. A number of teaching and learning approaches including classroom based and clinical skills centre settings, will be adopted to support your knowledge and skill development. Simulation will be one of the methods adopted, using ‘realistic’ equipment and documentation, providing you with a safe and enjoyable setting for learning new practical skills with your peers, as well as for further developing/practicing, exisiting skills.Links will be made with themes taught in concurrent modules to help embed learning. Practicing new and previously learned skills, learning new theoretical concepts and receiving constructive feedback from module tutors, will ensure new knowledge acquisition and subsequent confidence, when returning to the placement setting and as you progress through the first year of the programme.

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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